Games of the 18 Olympiad,1964
- In May 1959 at the 55th IOC session in Munich, Tokyo, Japan was given the honour of being named the host to the Games of the 18 Olympiad.
- Out of 56 votes Tokyo polled 34, leading Detroit, USA, Vienna, Austria and Brussels, Belgium by a wide margin and the President of the IOC Avary Brandage congratulated Japan officials.
- It was the first Olympic games in Asia in the history of the olympic movement.
Games of the 18 Olympiad,1964 - Some interesting facts
- The Emperor Hirohito officially opened the Olympic games 1964 at the new 71,600-seat National Stadium and it was symbolically the last torchbearer was Yashinori Sakai, who was born in Hiroshima on the same day that the city was destroyed by an atomic bomb.
- South Africa was banned from participating in the Olympic Games by the IOC because of South Africa's racist policy of apartheid. Later, teams of Indonesia, North Korea, Barbados and Ecuador were withdrew from Olympic games.
- In gymnastics, Larissa Latynina from USSR won two gold, two silver and two bronze medals and became the greatest medallist in Olympic history with 18 medals. Her record was broken only in 2012 by great American swimmer Michael Phelps.
- The 1964 Olympic Games debuted the first use of computers to keep results.