The main stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is officially open!
Japan's new National Stadium was inaugurated in a star-studded event on Saturday (21 December), with eight-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt lacing up his spikes again to test the brand new track.
The reigning 100m and 200m World Record holder Bolt was beaten in an exhibition relay event, but also took part in setting a new world record with a group of locals striking his famous "Lightening Bolt" celebration, to add to his legacy on the track.
The stadium will host the athletics events at the next Olympics and Paralympics, as well as the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
Olympic athletes looking to follow Colin Kaepernick's lead will have to do it somewhere other than Tokyo ... 'cause the IOC has banned kneeling and raising fists in protests at the 2020 games.
The International Olympic Committee released its guidelines for the upcoming Summer Games ... and it's clear the committee is trying very hard to keep politics out of it.
"The unique nature of the Olympic Games enables athletes from all over the world to come together in peace and harmony," the guidelines say.
"We believe that the example we set by competing with the world’s best while living in harmony in the Olympic Village is a uniquely positive message to send to an increasingly divided world."
"This is why it is important, on both a personal and a global level, that we keep the venues, the Olympic Village and the podium neutral and free from any form of political, religious or ethnic demonstrations."
Sports fans everywhere will already be aflutter over the oncoming Summer Olympics in Tokyo, but those with artistic sensibilities should also be excited about one of the world's most creative countries celebrating the big occasion in typically adventurous style.
In addition to the official Tokyo 2020 logo unveiled last summer, today marks the official unveiling of 20 art posters specially commissioned for the event, as created by not only some of Japan's best design and illustration talent but also global art superstars like Philippe Weisbecker and Chiris Ofili.
Created by 19 artists of which a dozen are based on the theme of the Olympic Games and eight on the Paralympic Games, the posters will be presented to the public across Japan's capital with the aim to raise awareness of the fast approaching Olympiad.
Find our selection of the best posters profiled here, including works by acclaimed surrealist Tomoko Konoike (featured) and 20th Century Boys manga creator Naoki Urasawa.
Nike’s record breaking Vaporfly Next% shoes have adorned the feet of multiple marathon winners since their release in 2017. But according to speculation, they seem likely to be banned when the World Athletics announces new rules surrounding running shoes.
The shoes, worn by Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei when she broke Paula Radcliffe’s women’s marathon record last year, are believed to make its wearers four per cent more efficient. They come with super-thick soles that incorporate carbon-fibre plates that act like springs, while remaining incredibly lightweight – a pair of UK size 9 comes in at 190g.
Accordingly, rules that limit the thickness of midsoles and the use of carbon-fibre plates are expected soon.
A prototype version of the shoes – the Alphafly – was also used by Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge when he become the first person to run a marathon in under two hours, albeit unofficially, in Vienna last October.