2020 Summer Games Schedule
The 2020 Summer Games will feature 33 different sports including five new additions that will be either returning or making their debut in Tokyo: baseball/softball, karate, skateboard, sports climbing, and surfing. Wrestling will also return, despite the original decision to have it dropped from these Games. Below you will find the tentative 2021 schedule that will help get you started planning your ultimate Summer Games experience.
When are the Summer Games 2020?
The Summer Games will officially begin on July 23 and conclude on August 8, 2021. A couple of sports (football and baseball) will have preliminary events starting as early as July 21. Tokyo’s Summer Games were rescheduled from their original 2020 dates due to COVID-19.
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Ceremonies2021 Summer Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies Schedule - National Stadium 23 July 2021 and Aug 8 2021
ArcherySummer Games Archery Events dates - Yumenoshima Park between July 23, 2021 and July 31 2021
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CyclingSummer Games Cycling Events dates - Tokyo Bay Zone, Heritage Zone and Outside Tokyo scheduled between July 24, 2021 and August 8, 2021. BMX Freestyle, BMX Racing, Mountain Bike, Road and Track.
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TennisSummer Games Tennis Events dates - Ariake Tennis Park, Tokyo Bay Zone scheduled between July 24, 2021 and August 1, 2021.
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● Event Competitions ● Medal Competitions OC Opening Ceremony CC Closing Ceremony
What will be the best events at the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo?
While the best events are largely a matter of personal preference, there are some events that tend to be more popular than others. Athletics, swimming, gymnastics, beach volleyball, and basketball always seem to be in high demand. Specifically for the Tokyo games, Team Japan often excels in judo and baseball, which would be worth attending to experience the local excitement.
When are the best days to attend the Summer Games?
One of the great things about the Summer Games is that each day offers a different experience. Choosing which days to attend requires a few considerations including your preferred sports and your travel schedule. That said, some days are expected to be more popular than others:
July 23 – The Summer Games will kick off on July 23, 2021 with the Opening Ceremony at the National Stadium, Shinjuku, Tokyo. One of the most coveted events of the Games, there is nothing like the Opening Ceremony to get you into the spirit of the event.
July 31 – A total of 18 gold medals will be awarded on July 31st including the women’s 100m final.
August 1 – To complete an already exciting weekend, 25 more medal events are scheduled for August 1st. One of the highlights will be the men’s 100m final, where a new athlete will be crowned champion for the first time since 2004.
August 7 – The penultimate day of the Summer Games is jam-packed with medal events including basketball, football (soccer), and beach volleyball.
August 8 – The Games conclude with the Closing Ceremonies which will include the medal ceremony for the men’s marathon.
Our Sports Travel Specialists will help you select the perfect days to attend, based on your preferences.
Popular Sporting Disciplines and Interesting Events at the Summer Games in Tokyo
At each Summer Games, gymnastics draws huge attention from a wide demographic. A total of 18 gymnastics events are on the schedule at these Summer Games, with the artistic gymnastics events being the most popular. The men’s team final will be contested on July 26, followed by the women’s team final the following day.
Aquatics is comprised four different disciplines: artistic swimming, diving, swimming and water polo. Combined, aquatics has a total of 49 events scheduled at the Summer Games in Tokyo. Two of the most exciting days of aquatics are the back-to-back swimming events on July 31 and August 1, when a number of finals will take place including the women’s and men’s 50m freestyle finals.
Athletics is another hugely in-demand discipline. With 48 different events, there is something for everyone. Track and Field events are particularly coveted, with the men’s 100m race (August 1) being one of the highlights of every Summer Games.
Baseketball is popular largely due to the number of pro athletes who compete in the tournament. Fans can catch basketball games any day of the Summer Games, beginning on July 24, concluding with the men’s final on August 7 and the women’s final on August 8th.
When are the 2021 Summer Games Swimming Events?
- Swimming Events dates – Tokyo Aquatics Centre scheduled between Saturday, July 24 and Sunday, August 1, 2021.
- Diving Events dates – Tokyo Aquatics Centre scheduled between Sunday, July 25 – Wednesday, July 28 and between Friday, July 30 – Saturday, August 7, 2021.
- Artistic Swimming Events dates – Tokyo Aquatics Centre scheduled between Monday, August 2 – Wednesday, August 4 and Friday, August 6 – Saturday, 7 August, 2021.
- Water Polo Events dates – Tokyo Tatsumi Water Polo Centre scheduled between Saturday, July 24 – Sunday, August 8, 2021.
- Marathon Swimming Events dates – Odaiba Marine Park scheduled between Wednesday, August 4 – Thursday, August 5, 2021.
Summer Games Ticketing Notice
Roadtrips is in no way affiliated or associated with the IOC or the Tokyo Organizing Committee for the 2020 Olympic Games. 2020 Summer Olympics Tickets are limited to the Authorized Ticket Reseller in your country of residence. Roadtrips is not an Authorized Ticket Reseller for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and therefore we do not include tickets in our base travel packages.
The official website for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games scheduling and events is tokyo2020.org/. Details on ticket categories, event sessions and how to purchase tickets the 2020 Summer Games can be found on the Tokyo 2020 website.
Roadtrips is dedicated to providing high-touch service throughout your experience and we will customize your itinerary to match your chosen 2020 Summer Games events, whether or not you have already purchased your tickets. With over 28 years of experience providing travel packages to the world’s biggest sporting events, you can trust we have the knowledge and expertise to provide a personalized, comprehensive travel package to the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo.
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