When do the 2020 Olympics start?
The opening ceremony of the 29th edition of the Olympic Summer Games will be held Friday the 24th of July. The ceremony will take place in the evening in the ‘New National Stadium’ in Tokyo. The stadium was also used as the main stadium at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo. Currently the stadium is being completely rebuilt to meet modern standards. Before the official opening of the 2020 Summer Games there are already some sports on display. The first matches of women’s softball and football are being played on the 22nd of July. After that every day will be packed with various sports, from gymnastics to basketball. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics will end on the 9th of August. The official closing ceremony will also be held in the ‘New National Stadium’.
Where do the 2020 Olympics take place?
The Olympic Summer Games will be held in the capital of Japan: Tokyo. It’s the 4th time in history Japan host the Olympic Games. It’s also for the first time since 1964 that the Olympic Summer Games will return to Tokyo. At the 2020 Olympic Summer Games there will be 5 new disciplines. In total there are 34 different sports on display. The various sports competitions will take place in 42 different sports venues in and around Tokyo. Most venues are based in the two major zones: “Tokyo Bay Zone” and “Heritage zone”. The “Heritage Zone” is located in the city centre of Tokyo, in this zone you can find several iconic stadiums and venues which were used back in 1964. The “Tokyo Bay Zone” symbolises the more modern side of the city. This zone, as the name already suggests, is located around the bay of Tokyo, not far from the city centre.
Which sports are being played at the Olympic Summer Games?
In this edition there will be a total of 34 sports the athletes compete in. Since the Olympics of 2016 in Rio de Janeiro 5 new Olympic sports have been added by the International Olympic Committee. The sports added by the IOC are: softball (baseball), skateboarding, surfing, climbing and karate. The Japanese people are especially proud of the addition of their national sport, karate.
Of course, the more traditional Olympic sports like boxing, wrestling and triathlon, can also still be seen at the 2020 Summer Olympics. Below you will find the complete list of Olympic sports who will be featured:
ALL TOKYO 2020 OLYMPIC SPORTS
Which countries take part in the 2020 Olympics?
In total 206 countries will participate at the Olympic Summer Games 2020, making it one of the biggest sports events around the world. From those 206 countries roughly 11.000 athletes will compete at the Olympics. All participating countries are listed below:
ALL TOKYO 2020 OLYMPIC COUNTRIES
|Botswana||Brazil||British Virgin Islands||Brunei||Bulgaria|
|Cape Verde||Cayman Islands||Central African Republic||Chad||Chile|
|Colombia||Comoros||D.R. Congo||Cook Islands||Costa Rica|
|Cote d’Ivoire||Croatia||Cuba||Cyprus||Czech Republic|
|Denmark||Djibouti||Dominican Republic||Czech Republic||East Timor|
|Ecuador||Egypt||El Salvador||Equatorial Guinea||Eritrea|
|North Korea||South Korea||Kosovo||Kuwait||Kyrgyzstan|
|States of Micronesia||Moldova||Monaco||Mongolia||Morocco|
|Palestine||Panama||Papua New Guinea||Paraguay||Peru|
|Romania||Russian Federation||Rwanda||Saint Kitts and Nevis||Saint Lucia|
|Saint Nevis and the Grenadine||Samoa||San Marino||Sao Tome and Principe||Saudi Arabia|
|Slovakia||Slovenia||Solomon Islands||Somalia||South Africa|
|South Sudan||Spain||Sri Lanka||Sudan||Suriname|
|Trinidad and Tobago||Tunisia||Turkey||Turkmenistan||Tuvalu|
|Uganda||Ukraine||United Arab Emirates||United Kingdom||United States|