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Tokyo 2020: UK Sport aims for 45-70 medals for Team GB at the Olympics
Tokyo 2020: UK Sport aims for 45-70 medals for Team GB at the Olympics
Tokyo 2020: UK Sport aims for 45-70 medals for Team GB at the Olympics
Olympics Tokyo 2020: UK Sport aims for 45-70 medals for Team GB at...

Tokyo 2020: UK Sport aims for 45-70 medals for Team GB at the Olympics

Due to a lack of data from a locked-down sporting calendar, UK Sport has set a broad objective of 45-70 medals for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics; Team GB is expecting to improve on the 67 medals earned in Rio 2016.

Sally Munday, UK Sport’s chief executive, said the funding agency was taking a more “holistic” approach to traditional medal targets, setting a broad range of 45 to 70 for the Tokyo Games, partially due to a lack of data from a pre-determined athletic calendar.

According to the estimate, Britain will be expected to match or surpass the 51 medals won by British athletes in Beijing in 2008, while also having a chance to rival the 67 medals earned in Rio in 2016.

Munday elaborated: “The Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020 will be magnificent, and our definition of success has shifted since Rio.

“Of course, medals are an important part of that. However, we must broaden our perspectives if we are to achieve our new goal of creating the greatest decade of incredible sporting moments.

“That’s why we’re so enthusiastic about the Games, not just because of the team’s medal chances, but also because of the opportunity to show the British public why Olympic and Paralympic sport means so much to them.”

When Britain’s largest travelling Olympic team flies out to finish preparations later this month, a number of athletes will be unvaccinated.

The British Olympic Association has announced a squad of 376 athletes for the Games, the largest for a Games held outside of the United Kingdom and the first for a summer Games in which women outnumber men.

Despite growing, infection rates that have prompted Tokyo to declare a fresh state of emergency and a ban on fans attending the Games, about ten members of the team will be unvaccinated.

As the first members of Team GB arrive in Tokyo, local quarantine laws are tightening. BOA chief executive Andy Anson expressed regret to local fans who had planned to watch the action but rejected suggestions that the Games be cancelled due to the mounting number of coronavirus cases in Tokyo.

According to Anson: “We are deeply saddened by the plight of the Japanese people. Hosting an Olympic Games is a tremendous undertaking, as we saw in 2012. We express our condolences for the decision that has been made at this time; it has been a difficult few months all around.

“The most important thing to us is that these athletes who have worked so hard get the chance to compete at the highest level of their sport, which is why this is important.

“People are preparing for the highest level of competitiveness conceivable in a few weeks. That is why it is thrilling, and it should be pursued. Given the amount of hard work and effort that has gone into it, it would be ridiculous to take it away now.”

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