The Opening Ceremony will start at an 8pm local time at the New National Stadium in Tokyo on July 24. The competition will have already begun in softball and women’s football two days earlier while archery and rowing events will also start a day prior to the Opening Ceremony. Olympic Games followers who want to witness live action of the Olympic Games can Buy Olympic Tickets online.

Tokyo 2020 has confirmed the women’s 10 meters air rifle shooting event will be the first medal competition of the Games on July 25. Medals will also be awarded in archery, fencing, judo, taekwondo, weightlifting and the men’s cycling road race.

Taekwondo has normally taken place in the closing days of the Games but has been moved to the start in Tokyo. Swimming competition at the Tokyo Aquatic Centre will take place from July 25 to August 2 with finals taking place in the morning in Japan.

Complete events schedule of Tokyo 2020 Summer Games announced
Complete events schedule of Tokyo 2020 Summer Games announced

An agreement had been reached between organizers of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Swimming Federation (FINA) last year.

The morning finals in Japan would ensure they are broadcast in prime-time in the United States. Tokyo 2020 has revealed both the Aomi and Ariake zones serve as hotspots for urban sports.

Some sports and events will make their Olympic debuts in the zones including men and women’s 3×3 basketball competitions which will start on July 25 the first day of the Games.

Skateboarding street events will be held on 26 and 27 July while the skateboarding park will take place on August 5 and 6. BMX Freestyle Park will take place on August 1 and 2 while sport climbing competitions will be held from August 4 to 7.

Skateboarding and sport climbing are two of four sports set to make their Games debut next year having been included as additional sports by Tokyo 2020 and the IOC.

A total of 21 medal events will be detained on the Saturday including events featuring for the first time in the Olympic Games such as the judo mixed team event the triathlon mixed team relay and the shooting trap mixed team event.

Complete events schedule of Tokyo 2020 Summer Games announced

The following day will see 26 medal events held including the women’s marathon the men’s 100 meters final men’s and women’s gymnastics events and the men’s tennis singles final.

The final day of fencing events, including the men’s team foil final and the closing day of swimming events will also take place on August 2. Sports events will begin on 31 July with Tokyo 2020 hopeful finals will feature in almost all sessions.

“Having finals in the morning as requested by the International Olympic Committee will enhance the visibility of athletics across all time zones.” Paul Hardy the International Association of Athletics Federations competition director said. 

“The new schedule also accommodates both the traditional doubles and the historic addition of the mixed 4x400m relay the first time that athletics has combined the talents of both male and female athletes in one event at the Games.”

Apprehensions were particularly raised with regard to marathons with both the Japan Medical Association and the Tokyo Medical Association calling for start times to be moved to 5:30 am.

They argued the decision from the IOC and Tokyo 2020 organizers to move the start time up 30 minutes to 7:00 am was insufficient and could prove a health risk to spectators and athletes.

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