Officially, the vice president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), John Coates, announced that the Tokyo Olympic Games will begin on July 23, 2021, with or without coronavirus.
However, in order for the tournaments to end in a timely manner, baseball / softball and soccer have to start two days before the Opening Ceremony.
Advances in the organization
The organizing committee of the host country recently announced several advances in logistics to carry out the Games scheduled for July 23 to August 8, 2021. These preparations include actions such as ensuring the availability of all venues for the competitions and confirming the new calendar of events.
Will there be an audience?
Both the IOC and the Japanese organizers have reiterated that they do not contemplate a Games without an audience, but they have not specified for the moment how they will do to ensure that spectators can enjoy sporting events without risk of infection.
The dates with the best events of this sporting fair that you cannot miss:
- July 23: Opening Ceremony
The expectations for this ceremony are high since Tokyo 2020 will be able to show off the technological advances that exist in Japan.
- July 24: Delivery of the first gold medal
The first gold medal will be awarded to one of the 10m air rifle athletes. Other disciplines that will give metals will be archery, road cycling, fencing, judo, taekwondo and weightlifting.
- July 25: New Sports
Sports such as skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing will make their debut and will receive their first official medals on Sunday, July 25.
- July 31: Golden Saturday
18 gold medals will be awarded. Among them, the one that will be given for the women’s final of the 100 m flat, one of the most important events of the entire Olympic fair, stands out.
- August 1: Golden Sunday
There will be 25 events with gold medals in between , including the 100m final, the men’s and women’s gymnastics finals and the men’s individual tennis final; in addition to the fencing and swimming finals; the latter will have five defining tests.
- August 5: Karate kicks off, at home
A day long awaited by the host country, being the cradle of karate. However, although Japan is a clear favorite to master this discipline, Mexico could ruin the party.
- August 7: Golden Saturday 2
Finals in basketball, boxing, soccer, super heavy wrestling, beach volleyball, modern pentathlon, women’s golf, team jumping, women’s water polo and karate will be held in the kumite category, as well as the all-around gymnastics final. individual rhythmic.
- August 8: Closing Ceremony
The Closing Ceremony will mean the closing of the XXXII Olympiad and will pass the post to Paris, which will host the 2024 Games, but before this show there will be other tests.
As tradition dictates, the men’s marathon will be the last day of the joust in Sapporo. The winners will fly to Tokyo during the day to receive their medals during the ceremony.