When will Tokyo 2020 take place?

The 2020 Olympic Games will take place… in 2021. All the branding remains, however, with Tokyo 2020 now slated to run from July 23 to August 8, 2021.

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Schedule of events

A full schedule is available on the official Tokyo 2020 website.

Technically, the Games commence on July 21 with the women’s softball and football preliminaries before the official curtain-raiser at the Opening Ceremony two days later.

How to watch the Games live

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Highlights and top events

Opening ceremony: The Games will open in Japanese capital Tokyo at 20:00 local time (12:00 UK time) on July 23. Although technically, the Games start two days previously with the women’s softball and football preliminaries.

The first gold medal… will likely come in shooting, with the women’s 10m air rifle coming on July 24. British viewers? Set your alarms for 00:30 to catch all the action!

The road races: Concluding at the Fuji International Speedway in the shadow of the famous summit, the men's and women's road races on July 24 and July 25 respectively promise to be highlights on the summer calendar.

Adam Peaty: Yes, it's the 100m breaststroke! Can the Brit defend his Olympic title and maybe smash his world record in the process? He goes for gold on July 26, although it's an early start for British viewers with the day's swimming session beginning at 2:30 UK time.

Simone Biles: No preview would be complete without the unstoppable American, who will hope to add to her four Olympic titles in Tokyo. Her inevitable shining moment? July 29, 11:50 UK time, with the women's all-around final at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre.

The 100 metres: You’re undoubtedly aware but Tokyo 2020 marks the first Games without superstar Usain Bolt since 2004. On August 1, his successor is (belatedly) found in the 100 metres. As to the women? Dina Asher-Smith shoulders the expectations of a nation a day earlier, with the three-time world medallist gunning for glory at around 14:50 UK time.

Tennis finals: Can Naomi Osaka deliver gold for an expectant home crowd? If she makes the final, expect Tokyo to come to a standstill on July 31. And Andy Murray? Can the recently-healed Brit make it three Olympic titles on the spin? The men's final is scheduled for August 1, although he will likely find familiar foes with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic all aiming for the title.

Closing Ceremony: The Games comes to a close on August 8 at 20:00 local time (12:00 UK time), with attention quickly turning to the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing (less than six months later!) and 2024 Summer Games in Paris.

How many sports and events?

IOC chief Thomas Bach has kept his promise to not cull events due to the postponement, with organisers revealing an almost identical schedule for 2021 as the one planned for this summer.

That means a record 339 medal events across 33 sports and 42 venues.

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What are the new sports?

  • Baseball/softball
  • Karate
  • Surfing
  • Skateboarding
  • Sport climbing

Dates of Tokyo 2020 sports

  • 3x3 basketball (July 24-28)
  • Archery (July 23-31)
  • Artistic gymnastics (July 24 - August 3)
  • Artistic swimming (August 2-7)
  • Athletics (July 30 - August 8)
  • Badminton (July 24 - August 2)
  • Baseball/softball (July 21 - August 7)
  • Beach volleyball (July 24 - August 7)
  • Boxing (July 24 - August 8)
  • Canoe slalom (July 25-30)
  • Canoe sprint (August 2-7)
  • Cycling BMX freestyle (July 31 - August 1)
  • Cycling BMX racing (July 29-30)
  • Cycling mountain biking (July 26-27)
  • Cycling road (July 25-26; July 29)
  • Cycling track (August 2-8)
  • Diving (July 25 - August 7)
  • Equestrian (July 24 - August 7)
  • Fencing (July 24 - August 1)
  • Football (July 21 - August 7)
  • Golf (30 July - August 2; August 5-8)
  • Handball (July 24 - August 8)
  • Hockey (July 24 - August 6)
  • Judo (July 24-31)
  • Karate (August 5-7)
  • Marathon swimming (August 4-5)
  • Modern pentathlon (August 5-7)
  • Rhythmic gymnastics (August 6-8)
  • Rowing (July 23-30)
  • Rugby (July 26-31)
  • Sailing (July 26 - August 4)
  • Shooting (July 24 - August 2)
  • Skateboarding (July 25-26; August 4-5)
  • Sport climbing (August 3-6)
  • Surfing (July 25 - August 1)
  • Swimming (July 24 - August 1)
  • Table tennis (July 24 - August 6)
  • Taekwondo (July 24-27)
  • Tennis (July 24 - August 1)
  • Trampoline gymnastics (July 30-31)
  • Triathlon (July 26-27; July 31)
  • Volleyball (July 24 - August 8)
  • Water polo (July 24 - August 8)
  • Weightlifting (July 24-28; July 31 - August 4)
  • Wrestling (August 1-7)

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