The sport will have varied and high level attractions in 2020. In addition to the annual events, with emphasis on professional football in all corners of the world, the highlight will be the Tokyo Olympics, by mid-year, comprising representations of more than 200 countries.
What is certain is that, starting this January, debates and conflicts of opinion will be plentiful, taking into account election year. Sport and politics are fertile in controversy, mixed are even hotter.
In sports it is customary to emerge among the fans the traditional doubt: how many medals will the country win at the Olympics? Guessings are always loaded with crooked predictions, some optimists and many pessimists.
Brazil has skated on its plans to make a big leap in the Olympic medal table. At Rio-2016With the advantage of playing at home with the support of the fans, the country has made the biggest investment in its history in an Olympic cycle, dazzled by the responsibility of the organization of the Games.
Nevertheless, it finished only 13th, with 19 medals, seven of them gold. Anyway, those numbers were record in their Olympic campaigns. However, the COB (Brazilian Olympic Committee) plan to rank among the top ten countries in the overall ranking has not been achieved.
Another stumbling block: It was far from the total initially projected to reach 27 to 30 medals, a reduced target (22) shortly before the Games and not yet achieved.
The most recent Olympics medal charts remain subject to possible minor corrections due to doping, which are being reanalyzed, but little can change.
Thus it can be seen that hosts usually exceed expectations, unlike what happened with Brazil, which expanded their achievements in just two podiums.
China finished Beijing 2008 with 100 medals, faring from 63 four years earlier in Athens. It then dropped to 88 and 70 in London and Rio respectively. The United Kingdom won 65 in London 2012, an increase of around 20%, and expanded to 67 medals in Rio, absolute success.
COB sports director Jorge Bichara avoids talking about possible medal achievements in Japan. In the general media his statements are cautious. The performance of Brazilian athletes in the main competitions of 2019, according to a survey of the entity, is not a reason for euphoria or pessimism.
Brazilians snatched 22 medals in world championships or equivalent tournaments in the season ended in December, the best balance recorded in a pre-Olympic year and the third overall after 2013 (27) and 2014 (24) only.
In all, 13 sports went to the podium: boxing, speed boating, fencing, artistic gymnastics, judo, karate, swimming, skate park, skate street, surfing, taekwondo, sailing and volleyball.
The drastic reduction of sponsorship for the sport and the containment of government funds after the Rio Olympics made the journey of Brazilian athletes to Tokyo more arduous. So far, 152 of them have secured their vacancies. Qualifying tournaments are scheduled for this first semester.
A warm-up for the fan, who will gather groups in front of the TV to cheer, even at the Olympic dawn in Brazil because of the difference in time zone. A unique opportunity to see if the saying that sport and politics do not mix is true or false.
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