With the Tokyo Olympics scheduled to start on July 23, the people putting together new competitions to ignite the world’s imagination, while also trying to ensure safety in the middle of a pandemic, may be this summer’s real heroes.

The coronavirus, which forced an unprecedented one-year postponement, has made these Olympics like no other. But even before the pandemic, Tokyo’s games were going to be different thanks to the International Olympic Committee allowing the host to add sports of its choosing.

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