Softball and football will open the 2020 Olympics. The first games in these sports will already start on 21 July – two days before the opening ceremony! Qualification events in rowing and archery will take place on 23 July, the opening day of the Games.
But the main part of the competitions will be held after the Opening Ceremony – from July 24 to August 8. The first batch of 11 medals will be awarded on July 24. Representatives of cycling, judo, shooting, archery, taekwondo, weightlifting and fencing will get their medals.
Opening and closing ceremonies at the 2020 Olympics
The opening ceremony of the Games will take place on 23 July at 14:00 time and will be held without an audience at the Olympic Stadium. The closing ceremony of the Olympic Games 2020 is scheduled for 8 August. The ceremony will start at 14:00 Moscow time.
What sports are in the programme of the Tokyo Olympics
The Olympic Games in Tokyo will feature 40 sports, in which 339 sets of medals will be fought for. That’s 36 more sets of medals than were competed in the previous summer Olympics in Rio in 2016. It is also more than will be won in Paris in 2024.
Five new sports have been added to the Tokyo Games programme: 3×3 basketball, karate, surfing, rock climbing and skateboarding. In addition, baseball and softball will be contested again for the first time since the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
All sports at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics:
Rowing, badminton, basketball, basketball 3×3, baseball/softball, boxing, wrestling, cycling, water polo, volleyball, handball, golf, canoeing, rowing slalom, judo, karate, equestrian sports, athletics, table tennis, sailing, swimming, diving, trampoline, rugby sevens, surfing, modern pentathlon, synchronised swimming, rock climbing, skateboarding, artistic gymnastics, shooting, archery, tennis, triathlon, taekwondo, weightlifting, fencing, football, field hockey, rhythmic gymnastics.
Track and field athletics will have the biggest number of medals won, with a total of 48 sets of medals. In swimming, there will be 37 gold medals.
Opening ceremony show
There had been fears that, because of the coronavirus, the organisers of the Olympics would ditch the colourful show that accompanies every opening ceremony, but fortunately spectators will be entertained by it.
Traditionally, its programme is kept strictly secret. But we already know that the official name of the programme is United by Emotion.
It is unlikely there will be anything stunning as the Japanese decided not to spend too much money for the Opening Ceremony, and are trying to save money on the Olympics in general.
And it is already clear that the preparations for the ceremony are not without a serious scandal. The fact is that Keigo Oyamada, the 52-year-old composer of the Olympic show, in the 1990s described how he brutally abused people with disabilities. In 2021 those tapes surfaced again. Oyamada apologised belatedly but had to stop work on the ceremony anyway.
The Tokyo Olympics were supposed to take place in the summer of 2020, but due to the spread of the coronavirus they had to be postponed by a year. But due to the restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic it will not be able to accommodate foreign spectators. The opening and closing ceremonies are likely to take place without regular spectators. The question of the presence of fans at the competitions themselves is still open.
A list of special regulations for athletes, coaches and other members of sports delegations has also been drawn up. A state of emergency has now been imposed in Tokyo, which runs from 12th July to 23rd August.