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A recent survey of 1000 Americans conducted by One poll revealed that at least 40% of the American population believe they should be considered fit to compete in the Olympics. The study highlighted that many participants thought that they were strong enough to compete in several Olympic games.

At least 52% of the participants were from the Northeast, 70% of the participants were below the age of 35, 60% of men and 22% of women believed that they could compete in the Olympics. Most participants chose swimming, soccer and basketball as their sport of choice.

Americans give opinions on new events at the Tokyo Olympics 

The study highlighted that at least 8 out of ten participants had tuned in to watch the Olympics. However, only 47% of the participants viewed the opening ceremony and that 17% of the participants were not interested in this year’s Olympics. 

At least two-thirds of the participants approved the addition of the five new events to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. These events included surfing, baseball and baseball (which are being recognized as one category), karate, sport climbing and skateboarding.  

However, the researchers also highlighted that 14% of the participants believed that climbing was not an appropriate sport for the Olympics. Softball received 66% approval, while baseball received 61% approval.

Respondents also said that they would prefer the addition of sports such as lacrosse (40%) and martial arts (42%) to cheerleading (30%) which the committee added to the Olympics. 

Participants raised concerns about the Tokyo Olympics. 

A number of the participants raised concerns about the Olympics being held this year. Among the participants, 44% thought that the Olympics were overrated, 55% said the Olympics committee should have cancelled the event this year, with 69% worried that it could lead to more cases of COVID-19 contraction. 

It is for this reason (46%) think that the Olympics should be carried out in permanent structures, instead of moving athletes from one country to another, thus mirroring the policy created by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that relies on the existing and well-kept stadiums such as Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028.