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Tokyo Olympics 2021: Dates, Schedule, and New Sports

Published : Jun 24, 2021 1 mins read Updated On : Jul 21, 2022

Tokyo Olympics 2021 Dates, Schedule - Fast&Up

After a year-long delay, the Tokyo Olympics is once again around the corner. Preparations are in full swing, despite the debates and polls of delaying or canceling the event doing the rounds. Although the Olympics are taking place in 2021, they will continue to be officially branded as the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Here, we’ll be talking about some of the highlights of the event, like when is it starting, what is the schedule of this year’s premier events, and what new sports have been introduced this year.

Are the Olympics happening?

Yes, the Olympics are happening as scheduled. Despite the state of emergency in Japan due to COVID-19 and general polls indicating that the majority of the Japanese public suggesting otherwise, organizers have continued to proceed as planned. The International Olympic Committee member has said that only “Armageddon” could stop the Olympics from being held at this point.

When is the Olympics starting?

The Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony will be held on Friday, July 23, at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium. It will take place at 8 pm local time in Japan, which will be 7 a.m. ET in the United States and 4:30 pm in India.

What does the Olympics Schedule look like?

Most of the Olympics will take place within a span of 17 days, starting from the opening ceremony on July 23 to the closing ceremony on Sunday, August 8. A lot of the baseball, softball, and soccer games are planned to be held between July 21 and 22.

In total, the Tokyo Games will feature 339 events across 33 sports.

A lot of the popular sports will start immediately after the opening ceremony.
Swimming is scheduled from July 24 to August 1; gymnastics team finals can be expected on July 26 (men) and July 27 (women), with other competitions and individual events to follow.

What are the new sports introduced this time?

There are six new sports that will be making their Olympic debut this time. Four of them being Karate, skateboarding, sport climbing, and surfing.

While the other two sports - baseball and softball, are returning to the Olympics after being previously excluded.

Other new events to look out for in this Olympics are 3-on-3 basketball and mixed-gender relays in swimming and track field, among other sports.

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