15 April 2020
Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020
The XXXII Summer Olympic Games, Tokyo
Date of issue: 15.04.2020
Face value: 1.55 €
Stamp dimensions: 44,1 x 26,5 mm
Form of printing sheet: TL
Stamps per sheet: 50
Stamps in set: 1
Printer: Tiskárna Hradištko, s.r.o.
Printing technology: Offset
Circulation: 1 000 000
Stamp Designer: Nana Furiya
The 2020 Summer Olympics (2020年夏季オリンピック), officially the Games of the XXXII Olympiad and commonly known as Tokyo 2020 (Tōkyō Nisen Nijū), is an upcoming international multi-sport event originally scheduled to take place from 24 July to 9 August 2020 in Tokyo, Japan, with preliminary events in some sports beginning on 22 July.
The worldwide coronavirus pandemic has disrupted preparation for the Games. On 22 March 2020, the International Olympic Committee announced that within four weeks a decision would be made on whether Tokyo 2020 will be staged as planned or whether a rescheduling is necessary. Australia and Canada subsequently announced that they will not participate in the Games unless they are postponed by one year. On 23 March 2020, IOC member Dick Pound disclosed to the newspaper USA Today that the IOC is intending to postpone the Games to a later date possibly in 2021, which will be determined with a series of talks that will be taking place over four weeks.
Tokyo was selected as the host city during the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 7 September 2013. This will be the second time that Japan, and specifically Tokyo has hosted the Summer Olympic Games, the first being in 1964, making it the first city in Asia to host the summer Games twice. Overall, these will be the fourth Olympic Games to be held in Japan, which also hosted the Winter Olympics in 1972 (Sapporo) and 1998 (Nagano). The 2020 Games will be the second of three consecutive Olympics to be held in East Asia, the first being the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang County, South Korea, and the next being the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China.
These Games will see the introduction of new and additional competitions at the Summer Olympics, including 3×3 basketball, freestyle BMX and Madison cycling, as well as further mixed events. Under new IOC policies that allow the host organizing committee to add sports to the Olympic programme to augment the permanent core Olympic events, these Games will see karate, sport climbing, surfing and skateboarding make their Olympic debuts, as well as the return of baseball and softball for the first time since 2008.