Are you watching the Tokyo Summer Olympics? At Xyza: News for Kids, we watch and share Olympic Games trivia with families around the world. Ready to test your knowledge of the world’s biggest sporting event? Run to the finish!
1. Which of these sports makes its debut at the 2021 Tokyo Summer Olympics?
D. Roller skate
The answer is A: Skateboarding, surfing, sport climbing and karate will make their debut at the highly anticipated Tokyo Summer Olympics. Skateboarding fans will cheer on their favorite athletes such as Sky Brown, thirteen, of Great Britain and Kokona Hiraki of Japan, twelve, two of the youngest athletes to compete in the Tokyo Olympics.
2. What did Japan present to the world the last time it hosted the Olympics?
B. High speed trains
C. Jet airplanes
D. Vending machines
The answer is B: high speed trains. In 1964, Japan became the first country in Asia to host an Olympic Games and the first to introduce a high-speed train called the Shinkansen, or bullet train. The high-speed train carried passengers between Tokyo and Osaka, a distance of 247 miles, in about two hours and thirty minutes. When the first high speed trains began to operate, they traveled at a speed of about 125 miles per hour. Now high speed trains can travel at over 200 miles per hour and Japan Railways, the company behind these fast trains, is building trains that will go even faster! Zoom!
3. What did the Tokyo Olympic Committee recently send into space to prepare for the games?
A. Mario and Luigi figures
B. Nintendo Switch
C. Robots Gundam and Zaku
D. Mascot Miraitowa
The answer is C: Gundam and Zaku robots. In March 2020, two of Japan’s most popular animated robots, Gundam and Zaku, took to space in a mini satellite named “G Satellite Go To Space”. The reason for their trip? Japan wanted to welcome the world to the Olympics both on Earth and from space! The idea was for the two robots to transmit images and messages about the Games to Earth in English, Japanese and French during the Olympics!
4. What sport did Japan introduce the last time it hosted the Olympics?
The answer is B: Volleyball. In 1964, Japan hosted its first Olympic Games and introduced two new sports: judo and volleyball. Although volleyball was invented in 1895 by William G. Morgan, the sport was not added to the Olympics until 1964. In fact, two-man beach volleyball was not added until 1996. Shocking , we know it ! Bump, set, spike, anyone?
5. What other year were the Olympic Games postponed?
D. None of the above
The answer is D: none of the above. Recently, the International Olympic Committee announced that the 2020 Summer Olympics will be postponed to summer 2021 due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. This is a big deal because, believe it or not, no other Olympics have ever been postponed before. What?!?!? Noooo… Yes! That’s not to say, however, that the Olympics have never been canceled before. We are sneaky, we know that. The Olympics were canceled in 1916, 1940, and 1944 because the world was fighting during World Wars I and II.
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