The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) has announced the event line-up for each session of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. There remains trouble for boxing as the event has only been included in the schedule provisionally.
“The competition schedule of boxing is provisional due to the decision made by the IOC Executive Board on November 20 2018 that freezes the planning for the Olympic boxing tournament at Tokyo 2020,” states the schedule table released by the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee.
Boxing has been faced with a threat of being eliminated from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The trouble had started after Boxing’s world governing body president Gafur Rakhimov had been identified by the US Treasury Department as “an important person involved in the heroin trade”. Rakhimov has since resigned late last month, raising the hope of boxing’s inclusion in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
However as the events preliminary schedule is released by the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, there remains a question mark on boxing’s status in the 2020 Olympic Games even as tentative dates have been earmarked in the itinerary.
The schedule though gives some tips for those considering purchasing Olympic tickets. The action packed programme will feature a record 33 sports and 339 events and will run from July 24 until August 9,2020.
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Preliminary events will kick off with softball and women’s football on July 22, 2020, two days before the Opening Ceremony. Rowing and archery events will be held on the day of the Opening Ceremony. The first medal event–women’s 10m air rifle–will be held with the session starting at 8:30 JST on July 25, the day after the Opening Ceremony. Medal events in 6 sports–archery, cycling (road race), fencing, judo, taekwondo, weightlifting–will also be held, with medals being awarded in a total of 11 events that day.
The Aomi and Ariake zones will be hotspots for urban sports and are likely to resonate with a vibrant atmosphere, highlighting the innovations in the sports programme aimed at making Tokyo 2020 “More Youth, More Urban, More Women”. Men’s and women’s 3×3 basketball will start on 25 July, the first day of the Games. Skateboarding street events will be held on July 26 and 27. BMX freestyle park events will follow on August 1 and 2with skateboarding park featuring on 5 and 6 August and sport climbing on August 4 to 7.
“Super Saturday” and “Golden Sunday”, August 1 and 2, are expected to attract huge stadium audiences and TV viewers around the world, with a large number of medal events scheduled to be held. A total of 21 medal events will be held on “Super 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, all of which will help make Tokyo 2020 the most gender-balanced Olympic Games in history. This day will also see the men’s football quarter-finals, which will be staged at four different venues.
This sporting extravaganza will be followed by 26 medal events on “Golden Sunday”, including the women’s marathon, the men’s athletics 100m final, men’s and women’s gymnastics events, and the men’s tennis singles final. “Golden Sunday” will also feature the final day of fencing events, including the men’s team foil final, and the closing day of swimming events, with five finals scheduled. Overall it will be an action-packed two days.
From August 2, the second half of the Games will see 171 medal events, including the newly-added karate and sport climbing, wrestling and other team events’ semi-finals and finals such as team table tennis. Athletics events will kick off on July 31 at the new Olympic Stadium, the main venue of the Tokyo 2020 Games. Athletics finals will feature in almost all sessions, offering multiple opportunities for fans to experience gold-medal action. During the evening session of August 6, the outcome of the decathlon and heptathlon events will be decided in the same session for the first time in the Olympics. The 4 x 100m relay for men and women will take place on the evening of August 7.
Saturday, August 8, the day before the Closing Ceremony, will constitute another “Super Saturday”, featuring no fewer than 30 event finals, the largest number on a single day during the Games. They will include the men’s basketball final, the men’s football final and the baseball final. The finals of many women’s events will also be held, including the team free routine in artistic swimming and individual allround rhythmic gymnastics, all key attractions of the Games. The final day of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, Sunday, August 9a, will commence with the men’s marathon. On that closing day, the streets of Tokyo are expected to be lined with crowds as the Games build to their climax. The last medal event will be the men’s water polo final.
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, athletes’ experience & wellbeing, the popularity of individual sports in Japan, global TV audiences and operational considerations.
Note: the competition schedule by session, which outlines the start time and finish time of each session, was announced in July 2018. In September 2018, Tokyo 2020 published the order of all of the Olympic Aquatics events. The schedule announced today excludes the 13 Boxing events, following the IOC Executive Board’s decision in December 2018 to temporarily freeze all planning for the Boxing tournament for Tokyo 2020. The schedule is subject to change.