Worldwide TV broadcasting by satellite; a big leap for the pole vault with fibre glass poles; and swimming with timing touch pads fixed to the pool walls… But also the last athletics races at the Games on a cinder track – the Games in Tokyo served as a springboard to the future… to the next edition, in 2020!

“They got a warm reception,” said John Slater, a professor from Western Carolina University, in the North American Society for Sport History periodical, in 2000.

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