What are you excited to see in Tokyo?

These Olympic Games may be like no other, but one thing is guaranteed – we will still see plenty of top sporting action until the final day on 9 August.

Four new sports will make their debuts – karate, skateboarding, sport climbing, and surfing – while baseball/softball returns to the Olympic Games. New disciplines and events will also take place in other events.

Here are our top five picks of what we’re looking forward to seeing:

1.    The new sports. Of course – who isn’t excited to see the new sports? Karate has a huge tradition in Japan, having been developed in Okinawa; skateboarding and surfing will both thrill with the crazy tricks; and sport climbing will provide perhaps the fastest Olympic event in the 15m speed climb, part of the combined event.

2.    3X3 basketball – a new discipline at the Olympic Games, but no stranger to the Olympic Movement, having been an event at three Summer Youth Olympic Games! Expect fast-paced half-court high-octane action with mad skills.

3.    Who will Usain Bolt’s successor be? The big question in athletics. The Jamaican won both men’s 100m and 200m gold at Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. Now that he’s retired, the question of who will take the mantle of fastest Olympian on the track is unanswered. Will André de Grasse, Noah Lyles, or Trayvon Bromell step up?

4.    How will Simone Biles rebound? After being outscored by Sunisa Lee – a first in the all-around by any gymnast since 2013 – on the second day of U.S. Trials, is this the warning to Biles that she needed that she is not infallible or just a blip? She is, and will still be, the greatest of all time, but she will want to emphasise that at what could be her last Olympic Games.

5.    Despite all the challenges, the athletes are finally in Tokyo, and five years after the last Games will finally get to shine. We’re most definitely looking forward to the incredible sporting action in all 339 events as the athletes go Faster, Higher, Stronger – Together.

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