The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board today approved the competition schedule by session for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The action-packed programme will feature a record 33 sports and 339 events and will run from 24 July until 9 August 2020.
Ahead of the Opening Ceremony, preliminary events will kick off with football and softball matches on 22 July 2020, and with rowing and archery events on the day of the Opening Ceremony itself. The following day – Day 1 of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 – will feature events in 21 different sports, including shooting, table tennis, judo, badminton, gymnastics, tennis and cycling. This will be a symbolic and scenic first day of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, featuring the men's cycling road race winding its way from Tokyo to the foothills of the world-famous Mount Fuji.
Tokyo 2020 aims to appeal additionally to more youthful and urban generations. Basketball 3x3, skateboarding, and surfing --all new events added to the Tokyo 2020 programme-- will start on the first weekend and feature throughout the Games.
August 1st 2020 will be “Super Saturday”, with a number of medal events scheduled to be held on that day, including events featuring for the first time in the Olympic Games, such as the judo mixed team event, triathlon mixed team relay, and shooting trap mixed team event. It will be an action-packed Day 8 featuring 23 sports.
The final day of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, Sunday 9 August, will commence with the men's marathon. The annual Tokyo Marathon, one of the world's top six city marathons, now regularly attracts one million spectators lining the streets. On that closing day, we expect to see the streets of Tokyo providing a backdrop of celebration as the climax of the Games approaches.
Tokyo 2020 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 & well-being, and the global TV audience.
Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori commented, “The session schedule of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 was approved today by the IOC Executive Board. I am truly pleased that we were able to mark this significant milestone today before the two-years-to-go mark.
“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.
“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.”
The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will use a total of 42 venues, including 24 existing, ten temporary and eight new permanent venues. These will include three venues in Fukushima, Ibaraki, and Miyagi prefectures, which were among those most affected by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.
Tokyo 2020 is currently completing the competition schedule by session for swimming, artistic swimming, and diving, and will finalise this shortly.
The competition schedule by session outlines the start time and finish time of each session, and is subject to change. The more detailed schedule by event will identify the individual times of specific events (e.g. heats, semi-finals, finals, classification matches) that will take place within each session. The competition schedule by event will be announced by the spring of 2019.