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Tokyo 2020 sports programme: what to watch when

2018-09-12 08:47:00

The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will span over 17 exciting days. From 24 July to 9 August 2020, with a total of 339 events in 33 sports, there will be action everywhere and plenty of innovation!

Although the Opening Ceremony of the Games of the XXXII Olympiad will be held in Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium on 24 July 2020, the sports action will get underway two days earlier, with the first football and softball matches. And on the day of the Ceremony itself, the public can attend the qualifying events in rowing and archery.

Things will really heat up on 25 July, the day after the Olympic cauldron has been lit, with athletes competing in 21 sports, including shooting, archery, table tennis, judo, badminton, fencing, gymnastics, tennis and cycling. For the latter, the first day will see the men’s road race competitors heading towards the legendary Mount Fuji.

As for the new youth- and urban-focused sports and disciplines on the programme, the basketball 3x3, skateboard and surfing competitions will also kick off during the first weekend of the Games.

“Super Saturday”

A large number of medals will be awarded on 1 August, the “Super Saturday” of the 2020 Games. It will feature no fewer than 23 sports, with new events such as the judo mixed team event, triathlon mixed team relay, and shooting trap mixed team event.

The Organising Committee for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is expecting large crowds of spectators in the streets of the capital for the men’s marathon on 9 August, the day of the Closing Ceremony. They will be relying on the city’s experience of hosting one of the world’s biggest marathons, which regularly attracts a million spectators.

The Tokyo 2020 organisers took a holistic approach when compiling the schedule, taking into account the technical rules and regulations of the various international federations, gender balance, the popularity of individual sports in Japan, operational considerations, athletes' experience and well-being, and the spectators and global TV audience.

“I believe the Tokyo 2020 Games will generate more enthusiasm than ever. Starting with a softball match in Fukushima two days before the opening of the Games, until the men's marathon on the final day, a record 33 sports and 339 events will be packed into the two weeks of the Games,” said Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori.

He added that: “In addition to prioritising the athletes' experience and well-being, both domestic and international aspects including the international federations' technical rules, gender balance and the popularity of individual sports were considered. It took more than a year-and-a-half of planning and coordination with a wide range of stakeholders. We appreciate the cooperation of the many involved in these efforts and will continue to work on further adjustments to the competition schedule.”

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