IN PHOTOS: A Glimpse Inside The Athletes’ Residence At The Tokyo Olympic Village
Imagine having over 700 meal options in the 24-hour dining hall!
Just yesterday, Hidilyn Diaz made history when she bagged the first-ever Gold Medal for the Philippines, a feat 97 years in the making! As Filipino netizens continue to celebrate the weightlifter’s victory on social media, Hidilyn thanked everyone for the support and asked for more prayers for her and the entire Philippine Team because they are representing the country in Tokyo in the most critical situation because of COVID-19.
With strict protocols in place inside the fully equipped Tokyo Olympic Village, the delegates’ home while in Tokyo, athletes from all around the world can stay focused on their games without worries.
If you’re wondering what day-to-day life is like for the Philippine team and the rest of Tokyo 2020 Olympians at the famous athletes’ village, here’s a glimpse of their expansive 44-hectare home, which has a 24-hour dining hall, self-driving buses, and more!
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Village was in development for three years prior to the Games. It is a 44-hectare land in Harumi, Chuo in Tokyo, with over 21 buildings, 3,800 apartments, dining halls, and a village plaza where athletes can get everything they need.
With 33 sports competitions at this year’s Olympics, it will literally take an expansive village to accommodate over 11,000 athletes and their teams from all over the world while observing social distancing measures at all times.
The athletes’ apartments
There are 21 buildings that serve as the athletes’ residences, most of them 14 to 18 floors high. Each building is decorated with their respective flags to signify where a specific country’s athletes are staying.
As for Team Philippines, their balconies are decorated with “Laban Pilipinas!” banners.
This year’s beds for the Olympic delegates were a controversial topic on social media because of the material the bedframes are made from: sturdy cardboard. With over 18,000 beds specifically made for Tokyo 2020, this is actually an attempt to be more environmentally friendly. Count on Japan to be ever ingenious!
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Tilly Kearns of the Australian national team at the Olympics shared a glimpse of their room at the village.
“Yes, the beds are really cardboard, but it’s really hard cardboard so it’s not [going to] break,” Kearns shared on TikTok. “You can customize the mattress as hard or soft as you want. We were also given mattress toppers to make it even more comfortable. And for the taller athletes, there are bed extenders.”
The main dining hall is probably one of the most iconic places to be at the village. The cafeteria, which operates 24 hours a day, has a 3,000-seating capacity and serves over 700 meal options.
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In a TikTok video, Team USA’s Cody Melphy shared that the food hall has two floors to accommodate 11,000 athletes, and serves cuisines from all over the world.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, every table at the dining hall has glass dividers between the seats to ensure the athletes’ safety against the virus, according to a vlog by Team Great Britain’s Tom Daley.
Yup, the village is equipped with topnotch technology as well! Since the buildings and 42 competition venues are far from one another, there are 143 buses that can accommodate the athletes as they go around the Olympic Village to eat, practice, or spend some leisure time.
These solar-powered buses are self-driving and computer-operated, but they are still manned and monitored for safety.
The Athletes’ Village Plaza is one of the main facilities at the village. Made using sustainably sourced wood, the expansive Plaza is where athletes can get their hair cut, buy souvenirs at the gift shop, have their phone repaired, withdraw money from ATMs, buy essentials at a convenience store, and many more. It even has a café! It’s definitely a cool hangout spot for all the hardworking Olympians.
Once the Tokyo Olympics is over, the Plaza will be disassembled, and the wood returned to the prefecture that donated them so they could be recycled and used for public works or in building schools.
What’s your favorite part of the village?