Tokyo 2020 breaks records on and off the field

It wasn’t just the athletes who were breaking Olympic and world records during the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Combined with outstanding performances on the field, historic broadcasting ratings and digital engagement illustrated the power of sport to bring the world together.

Team Netherlands celebrates winning a gold medal and setting a new Olympic record 2021 Getty Images


- 19 days of competition

- 339 events

- 11,259 athlete entries

- 48 per cent female / 52 per cent male

- 2,401 medals presented

- 93 NOCs have won medals

- 205 National Olympic Committees + the IOC Refugee Olympic Team

- 29 refugee athletes participated in 12 sports

 -Three NOCs won their first Olympic medal:

  • Burkina Faso, Turkmenistan and San Marino

- Three teams won their first Olympic gold medal

  • Bermuda, Philippines and Qatar

- 836 Olympic Solidarity scholarship-holders competed

  • Participated in 12 sports
  • Scholarship-holders won 27 gold, 32 silver and 42 bronze medals, plus 164 diplomas
  • Teams who received Olympic Solidarity scholarships won one gold, one silver and three bronze medals plus eight diplomas, while three diplomas were awarded to the IOC Refugee Olympic Team
  • 143 Tokyo scholarship-holders (63 women and 80 men) were selected as the flagbearers for their NOC at the Opening Ceremony
Hugues Fabrice Zango, Polina Guryeva, Alessandra Perilli Hugues Fabrice Zango, Polina Guryeva, Alessandra Perilli - 2021 Getty Images

TV and Broadcast

- Tokyo 2020 content has been made available to fans on more screens than ever through TV, digital platforms, apps and social media

- Host nation interest has been very high since the beginning of the Olympic Games

  • Nine in 10 Japanese watched some coverage of Tokyo 2020

- RHBs’ streaming platforms are breaking records, with Tokyo 2020 being called “the Streaming Games”

  • NBC in the USA and Seven in Australia – their biggest digital event ever
  • In Europe, Discovery reports record audiences and engagement across its digital services

- Globally, TV coverage of Tokyo 2020 is dominant:

  • Our broadcasters are enjoying a much higher share of viewing than their typical average
Television coverage is displayed on the screen of a camera operator Television coverage is displayed on the screen of a camera operator - 2021 Getty Images


- Also see the huge interest with the numbers on our own platforms

  • Tokyo 2020 is the most engaged Olympic Games ever
  • More than 175 million unique users on the Olympics web and app for Tokyo
  • Double the traffic of Rio 2016
  • IOC and Tokyo 2020 social posts have generated more than 5 billion engagements – video views, shares, likes – in 2021
  • 250 million+ cheers, coming from every country and supporting athletes from all 205 NOCs and the IOC Refugee Olympic Team

- Female athletes have generated the most conversation on social media during the Olympic Games so far

  • The top five most mentioned athletes on Twitter have all been female
  • With equal coverage on Olympics social handles, female athlete-led posts drove 50 per cent more engagements than male-athlete led posts
A screen showing a livestream of fans from all over the world inside theTokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium A screen showing a livestream of fans from all over the world inside theTokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium - 2021 Getty Images

Sustainability and Legacy

- 60.4 per cent of adults in Tokyo now engage in regular sporting activity in 2021, compared to 53.9 per cent in 2012

- Out of the 43 competition venues used for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, only eight were built from scratch

  • 10 Tokyo 2020 venues were temporary and 25 existing, with five already used at the Olympic Games Tokyo 1964
General View as Mickael Mawem of France competes during the Sport Climbing General View as Mickael Mawem of France competes during the Sport Climbing

- For the first time in Olympic history, hydrogen was used to power the Olympic torch, the cauldron, the Olympic fleet and parts of the Olympic Village

- For the first time ever, both the Olympic medals and the podiums which athletes stand on were produced using 100 per cent recycled materials

- Some 150,000 initiatives were put in place to create a more sustainable society

  • People donated 6.21 million mobile phones and almost 79,000 tons of electronics for the creation of the 5,000 Olympic medals .
  • The 24 buildings of the Olympic Village will become Japan’s first. Hydrogen-powered town and a barrier-free hub for international exchanges and multi-generational activities.

- The 18,000 Olympic and Paralympic cardboard beds will be turned into paper after the Games

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