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Tokyo Olympics 2021: competition schedule: dates, times, events, sports

The 2021 Tokyo Olympics gets underway with the opening ceremony on 23 July at 7.30am ET, with the closing ceremony on 8 August.

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Following last year’s postponement due to the coronavirus, excitement is building ahead of the 29th edition of the modern Olympic Games, which is starting in Tokyo, Japan on 24 July. The opening ceremony takes place on Friday, 23 July at 7.30am ET.

More than 11,000 athletes from 206 nations will compete in Japan this summer across a total 33 sports, five of which will feature at the Olympics for the first time.

These five new sports, baseball/softball, karate, skateboarding, surfing and sport climbing, will join the sports that have been played at every summer Olympic Games since 1896: athletics, cycling, fencing, gymnastics and swimming. Of the three sports that debuted at Rio 2016, rugby sevens and golf will return for Tokyo 2020, while kite surfing has been dropped.

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NBC will be broadcasting the Olympics in the US. You can also watch the games on the streaming service Peacock, NBCOlympics.com and NBC Sports.

Olympics: Events schedule

Archery

  • Archery competitions happen to be set all for July 23 starting at 2 a.m. ET.
  • Several team and individual medals will be given on this day

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Artistic Gymnastics

  • Gymnastics get underway on the evening of 23 July, US time, with the start of men’s competition. Women’s competition starts the next day on 24 July.
  • The men’s team final will he held on 26 July at 6am ET and the women’s final a day later on 27 July at 6.45am ET.
  • The men’s individual all-around final is on July 28 at 8.15am ET, with the women’s final at 6:50am ET on 29 July. Individual apparatus finals are held over the following three days.
Simon Biles will hope to bring home gold for the US in gymnatics.

Simon Biles will hope to bring home gold for the US in gymnatics.

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Badminton

  • The event begins on July 24
  • Men's Badminton finals take place on July 31 and August 2.
  • Women's finals will begin Aug.1 to end on Aug.2.
  • Mixed medals will be given out on July 30.

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Baseball

  • After the sport was voted out of the Olympics in 2005, Baseball returns as an official Olympic sport on July 21 ending Aug.7.
  • Men’s final will happen on Aug.7 at 12:00 p.m. ET. On the other hand, Women’s finals will be held at 13:00 p-m- ET on July 27, more than a week earlier.

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Basketball

  • Basketball runs from 25 July to 7 August.
  • The men’s basketball final takes place on 6 August at 10:30pm ET, with the women’s final tipping off 24 hours later.
  • There is also a new three-on-three basketball tournament, with the men’s and women’s finals on the morning of July 28, US time.

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Beach Volleyballl

  • Beach Volleyball begins on July 24 and goes on until August 7.
  • Men’s finals will be held on August 7 at midnight ET and Women’s finals will happen 24h earlier.

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Boxing

  • Boxing runs from July 24 to Aug. 8. With Men’s finals running every day since Aug.3, whereas Women’s finals will take place on Aug. 3, 7 and 8.

Abdelrahman Orabi, known as "The Rock", attends a training session with his coach "Olesius" ahead of next week's Olympic Games in Tokyo.

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Canoe Slalom

  • Canoe Slalom kick off on the second Olympics week from Aug.2 to end on Aug.7.
  • With Men’s and Women’s finals taking place on Aug. 3 starting at 4:46 a.m. ET, Aug.5 starting at 4:20 a.m. ET and Aug.7 at 5:00 a.m. ET.

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Canoe Sprint

  • Canoe Sprint begins on July 25 to end five days after on July 30.
  • Women’s finals will take place on days 27 and 29, while Men’s happen on days 26 and 30 July.

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Climbing

  • This year comes with new sport implementations including climbing, which start Aug. 3 to end Aug.6.
  • The first medals to be awarded will be handed-out on days 5 and 6 of August.

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Cycling BMX

  • Begins on July 29 with both finals taking place on the following day.

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Cycling BMX Freestyle

  • Begins on July 31 with finals taking place on Aug.1.

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Cycling Mountain Bike

  • Cycling Mountain Bike will take place between 26 and 27 July.
  • Men’s finals will be on July 26, while women’s medal handout will happen the day after.

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Cycling Road

  • Cycling Road take place on days 24, 25 and 28 July.
  • Time Trial finals will be held on 28 Aug. starting 4:30 a.m. ET.
  • Men’s Race finals will run on day 24, while Women’s will be on the 25th.

Afghan refugee road cyclist Masomah Ali Zada rides during a training session as she prepares to compete at the Tokyo Olympics. She will compete at the 2020 Games for the Olympic Refugee Team, and feels a duty to represent the 82 million people around the world forced to flee their homes either inside their countries or as refugees.

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Cycling Track

  • Cycling track runs from 2 August to 8 August.
  • Women’s finals take place on days 5 and 8, whereas Men’s will be held on days 3, 4, 6 and 8.

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Diving

  • Diving Starts on July 25 with Women’s final Synchronized 3M Springboard kicking off and ends Aug.7 with Men’s 10M platform final.
  • Women’s 10 M Platform’s final takes place July 27
  • All finals heads at 8 a.m. ET

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Equestrian

  • Starts on July 27 with Team Grand Prix Special to end on Aug.7 with the Team show jumping finals at noon ET.
  • Individual Freestyle dressage finals take place on July 28, with the Individual Final jump being held on Aug.2 at 13:45 p.m. ET and Individual Show Jumping set for Aug.4 at noon.

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Fencing

  • The event begins on 24 July.

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Golf

  • Men’s golf competition begins late on 28 July, US time, and runs until the early hours of 1 August, women’s competition from 3 August to 7 August.

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Handball

  • Men’s final will take place at 2 p.m. ET on Aug.7, while women’s final will be held at 8 a.m. on Aug.8.

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Hockey

Mirco Pruijser of Netherlands and Ricardo Sanchez of Spain during friendly hockey match played between Spain and Netherlands at Club de Campo July 15, 2021 in Madrid, Spain.

  • Hockey competitions will take place in between July 24 and August 6.
  • Women’s finals to be held on Aug. 6 at 00:00 a.m ET, whereas Men’s finals will be taking place 24 h before on Aug.5.

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Judo

  • The event begins on 24 July.

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Karate

  • The event begins on 5 August.

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Marathon Swimming

  • The event begins on 4 August

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Modern Pentathlon

  • Begins on 5 August to end 48h after on 7 August.
  • In Women’s competition Fencing takes place on day 5 and 6, while 200m swimming freestyle, Ridding/Jumps and Lasser Run are all dated to run on day 6.
  • In Men’s competition Fencing will be held on day 5 and 7, whereas 200m swimming freestyle, Ridding/Jumps and Lasser Run are meant to be all on day 7, leaving day 6 for Women’s finals.

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Paralympics

  • The Paralympics will start on Tuesday, 24 August and finish on Sunday, 5 September.

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Rhythmic Gymnastics

  • Kicking off on Aug.6 with classification rounds
  • The first final will be held on Aug. 7, with the last final taking place 24h after.

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Rowing

  • Rowing will get going on the first week of Olympics, taking place between July 24 and 30.
  • Men’s finals take place every day starting 27.

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Rugby

  • Rugby will kick off on July 26 ending July 31.
  • Men’s finals will take place on July 28, while women’s finals will be 3 days after on July 31

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Sailing

  • Starting on 25 July at 5:05 a.m. ET with preliminary rounds kicking off. Sailing competitions all end on Aug.4.
  • Men’s and Women’s finals are held every day from July 31 onwards.

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Shooting

  • Begins on 24 July with Women’s 10M Air riffle finals and Men’s Air pistol finals
  • Finals to be held everyday until the last final on 2 August, except for two days: July 28 and Aug.1.

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Skateboarding

  • Sets up on July 25 to end on Aug. 5.
  • Men’s finals will be held on July 25 and Aug. 5 and Women’s finals will run on July 26 and Aug 4.

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Soccer

  • Soccer starts on 24 July, with the women’s final kicking off at 10pm ET on 5 August and men’s final at 7.30am ET on 7 August.

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Surf

  • Just one day is needed to hand out the Surf Olympic medals. All the action will take place on July 25. Starting 3:20 a.m. ET.

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Swimming

  • Kicking off on July 24 with the first final taking place
  • The first final will be held on July 24 at 9.30pm ET, with finals continuing every day through the evening of 31 July

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Synchronised Swimming

  • Synchronised Swimming is meant to begin Aug 2 with the Dual preliminary rounds
  • Finals heads at 12:30 p.m. ET on Aug. 4, 6 and 7.

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Table Tennis

  • The event begins on 24 July.

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Taekwondo

  • The event begins on 24 July.

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Tennis

  • Tennis runs from 23 July to 1 August.
  • All doubles and singles finals will be played from 30 July to 1 August, in this order: men’s double finals, women’s singles finals, men’s singles finals, women’s doubles finals, mixed doubles finals.

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Track and field

  • As always, the athletic events will get underway in the second week, starting on July 30.
  • The women’s 100 meters will be take place on the morning of 31 July, US time, and the men’s 100m, on 1 August.
  • The women’s marathons will be held at 6pm ET on 6 August and the men’s 24 hours later on 7 August.

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Trampoline Gymnastics

  • Trampoline Gymnastics will go on for two days. Women’s finals run on 30 July, whereas Men’s finals will take place throughout the following day.

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Triathlon

  • Triathlon is set on the first week of Olympics starting July 25 at 11:30 p.m. ET kicking off with Men’s finals.
  • Women’s finals will be held the day after, July 26, at 11:30 p.m. ET
  • Last final is Mixed and will take place on July 31

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Voleyball

  • Volleyball takes place in between July 24 and Aug. 8.
  • Men’s finals will be held on 7 August at 2:15 p.m. ET and Women’s finals will run

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Waterpolo

  • Starting on July 24, Waterpolo goes on until August 8 with Men’s finals taking place at midnight ET.
  • Women’s finals heads at 9:30 a.m. ET on Aug.7.

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Weightlifting

  • Weightlifting competitions start on July 24 with the first final taking place.
  • Finals will continue every day until noon Aug.4.

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Wrestling

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Olympics Full Schedule

You can see the full schedule of events including dates, times, and venues by sport, discipline and event by clicking here.

The logo of Tokyo 2020 is displayed near Odaiba Seaside Park in Tokyo on July 7, 2021, as reports said the Japanese government plans to impose a virus state of emergency in Tokyo during the Olympics.