With just over a year to go before the Tokyo Olympics 2020 commences, the organising committee has revealed a comprehensive schedule for the 17-day quadrennial event.
The committee on Tuesday released the schedules for all the 32 sports which will be played in the biggest sporting event in history. It will all start with the opening ceremony on July 24, which will take place at the new National Stadium. The same venue will also host the Closing ceremony on August 9, from 8 pm to 11 pm.
The preliminary sporting event will begin from July 22, when women's softball event takes place in Fukushima Prefecture starting at 9 am, two days before the opening ceremony.
The finals in 26 events will be held on Sunday, August 2. In track and field, the men's 100-meter final will be held at the National Stadium in the evening.
The women’s 10-meter air rifle shooting competition will see the Games’ first medal event which will be held on July 25. The event will see two Indians competing as Apurvi Chandela and Anjum Moudgil have cemented their spot.
Other events where India has strong medal contenders such as Table Tennis, Tennis, Boxing, Badminton as well as Archery, begin from July 25 while Wrestling starts from August 2.
On August 8, a day before the closing ceremony, finals will be held for 30 events, including baseball, men's soccer and men's basketball. This is the largest number of finals on any day of the Olympic period.
To avoid the expected severe summer heat in Tokyo, the organizing committee moved up the original starting time for women's marathon on August 2 and the men's marathon on August 9. Both the events will commence from 6 am. The men's 50-kilometre walk will start at 5:30 am on August 8.
Though the competition schedule of boxing has been announced, it is still provisional, due to the decision made by the IOC Executive Board that freezes the planning for the Olympic boxing tournament at Tokyo 2020.
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