Softball and football will open the 2020 Olympics on 21 July. The first games in these sports are set to take place two days before the opening ceremony! Qualifications in rowing and archery are also happening during this day, which is when the opening of the Games takes place.
The Olympics happen after the opening ceremony. The first batch of medals will be given on July 24th. Medals will be given to people in cycling, judo, shooting, archery, taekwondo and weightlifting.
Opening and closing ceremonies at the 2020 Olympics
The opening ceremony for the Games will start on July 23 at 2:00 PM and will take place inside the Olympic Stadium. The closing ceremony is scheduled for August 8 and will start at 2:00 PM.
40 different sports are slated for the 2020 Summer Olympics which will take place in two months (July 21, 2020). 339 of these events will be played. There are more medals this time than there were at Rio 2016. This is also more than what was won in Paris 2024. The new additions from 5 to 3×3 Basketball, Karate, Surfing, Rock Climbing and Skateboarding with Baseball and Softball returning from the 2008 Beijing games so you’ll be up-to-date on all of your favorite sports!
All sports at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics:
Rowing, badminton, basketball, basketball 3×3, baseball/softball, boxing, wrestling, cycling, water polo, volleyball, handball, golf, canoeing, rowing slalom, judo, karate, equestrian sports, athletics, table tennis, sailing, swimming, diving, trampoline, rugby sevens, surfing, modern pentathlon, synchronised swimming, rock climbing, skateboarding, artistic gymnastics, shooting, archery, tennis, triathlon, taekwondo, weightlifting, fencing, football, field hockey, rhythmic gymnastics.
Track and field has the most medals. Swimming has 37 gold medals.
Opening ceremony show
The coronavirus was a problem, but it is okay. The opening ceremony will still happen with color and music. It has always been this way. The emcee keeps the program secret, but we know that the name of the show is United by Emotion.
It is unlikely there will be anything stunning as the Japanese decided not to spend too much money for the Opening Ceremony, and are trying to save money on the Olympics in general.
And it is already clear that the preparations for the ceremony are not without a serious scandal. The fact is that Keigo Oyamada, the 52-year-old composer of the Olympic show, in the 1990s described how he brutally abused people with disabilities. In 2021 those tapes surfaced again. Oyamada apologised belatedly but had to stop work on the ceremony anyway.
The Tokyo Olympics were supposed to happen in 2020 but because of the spread of the coronavirus, they had to be postponed by a year. The COVID-19 pandemic made it so that foreigners (people from other countries) cannot come and watch the opening and closing ceremonies. It is still possible that people can come and watch at the competitions themselves, even if they are not regular spectators.
A list of special rules for athletes, coaches and other people from sports delegations has been made. We have a state of emergency in Tokyo now that lasts from July 12th to August 23rd.