More LGBT athletes will attend the Tokyo Olympics than all previous Summer Olympics combined. The representation of the United States has the largest number of representatives of sexual minorities.

Jacek Pavowski

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At least 157 self-proclaimed gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and non-binary athletes are expected to perform in Tokyo for the Summer Olympics. This is more than double what it was in 2016 at the Rio Olympics and more than all the Olympic tournaments held so far. According to, 23 Olympians performed in London in 2012, and 56 representatives of the sexual minority in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

Being able to compete with the best in the world in the largest international multi-sport competition shows how far we have come to sporting tolerance. “I hope that by participating in these games I will be able to show the LGBTQ community that we can achieve anything we want,” Canadian swimmer Marcus Thurmaier said.

The LGBT athletes competing in the Tokyo Olympics come from 27 different countries and represent 30 disciplines. The United States has the largest number of representatives, with over 30 athletes on the country’s national team. It is followed by Canada (16), Great Britain (16), the Netherlands (16), Brazil (14), Australia (12) and New Zealand (10).

Poland also has its representatives in this group. Former world and European sailing champions Julanta Ogar and Alexandra Jarmolska, the Polish actor in the shootings, have spoken openly about their homosexuality.

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