XVIII Games drew 5140 athletes from 93 countries. For the first time, Algeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Congo, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Zanzibar, Chad, Trinidad and Tobago, the Mongolian People’s Republic, as well as Nepal participated in the Olympics. The team of the Republic of South Africa was suspended for racial discrimination. The teams of North Korea, Indonesia, Barbados and Ecuador were also suspended from the competition.
On October 10, about 90,000 spectators gathered at the Olympic stadium. The athletes were welcomed by Emperor Hirohito of Japan and Organizing Committee President Dangoro Yasukawa.
Never before has the Olympic Games program been so extensive. She was supplemented by judo and women’s and men’s volleyball. The hallmark of these Games was greatly increased competition in all kinds of competitions. 77 Olympic records and 35 world records were set during the competition.
At the 1964 Games, athletes from the USSR maintained their superiority in the unofficial team event, winning 96 medals, of which 30 – gold. USA athletes brought 90 medals to the team; Team Japan finished third, entering the top three for the first time.
The Japanese Summer Olympics is remembered for the brilliant performance of Soviet staggers. Alexey Vakhonin, Rudolf Plukfelder, Vladimir Golovanov and Leonid Jabotinsky received gold medals, Viktor Kurentsov, Yuri Vlasov and Vladimir Kaplunov received silver medals.
Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina won 2 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals. She brought the total number of her Olympic awards to 18, becoming the record holder for the number of medals won.
For the first time at the Olympics, computers were used to collect and store results. In addition, for the first time since the Olympic arenas there was a TV broadcast to other continents.