Tokyo 2020

How our athletes smashed the Tokyo 2020 Games

Wow. What an achievement. As we look back on the triumph of Team GB and ParalympicsGB, take a look through this page for exclusive interviews, read about the athletes who are inspiring the next generation and find out how you, National Lottery players, have helped power our sporting success.

When you play a little, you help our athletes a lot.


ParalympicsGB athletes attended an exclusive Homecoming event organised by The National Lottery and saw performers including Madness, Clean Bandit and Sigma pay tribute to their phenomenal success, bringing the Tokyo 2020 Games to a euphoric end.

A Homecoming for heroes

Team GB’s triumphant athletes were given a chance to celebrate, show off their medals and enjoy performances by artists including Nile Rodgers, Laura Mvula and Anne-Marie, at a glittering Homecoming event organised by The National Lottery.

Team GB swimmers thank National Lottery players

A triumphant Team GB Olympic swimming squad has returned to the UK to a hero’s welcome from family and friends. The squad – which won an historic 8 medals in Tokyo including 4 golds – was keen to thank the British public and National Lottery players for their part in their record-breaking success.

Check out our video of the swimmers enjoying their well-deserved homecoming.

Did you know...?

At the 1996 Olympic Games, Great Britain and Northern Ireland finished 36th in the medal table with one gold medal. Then in 1997, National Lottery funding for elite sport began.

At the conclusion of the Tokyo 2020 Games, we had won 1,053 Olympic and Paralympic medals.

All this is made possible by you, National Lottery players. When you play a little, you help our athletes a lot.

Meet our Athletes: George Peasgood

George Peasgood’s bronze medal in the Tokyo C4 road cycling time trial represents an extraordinary milestone: the 1000th medal won by a British athlete in the Paralympic and Olympic Games, summer and winter, since the introduction of National Lottery funding.

Watch our smashing Tokyo Games TV ad

We all want to support our athletes, but letting discus thrower Dan Greaves toss your crockery or taking on tennis ace Jordanne Whiley with a frying pan, may not be the way to do it! Check out our TV ad that sees the funny side of the nation’s Olympic and Paralympic obsession.

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