Games of the XVIII Olympiad
The 1964 Games were the first to be held in Asia. The Japanese expressed their successful reconstruction after World War II by choosing as the final torchbearer Yoshinori Sakai, who was born in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 the day that that city was destroyed by an atomic bomb.
Coxless pairs rowers George Hungerford and Roger Jackson won Canada’s lone gold medal in Tokyo. Judo’s Olympic debut was good news for Canada, as Doug Rogers won silver in the +80kg event. Athletics contributed the other two Canadian medals, with Bill Crothers winning silver in the 800m, and Harry Jerome taking bronze in the 100m.
Olympic Oath (athletes): Takashi Ono (artistic gymnastics)
Olympic Oath (officials): None
Olympic Oath (coaches): None
Lighting Olympic Cauldron: Yoshinori Sakai
Official Opening: Emperor Hirohito