April 18, 2019
Tokyo will welcome positive news after earlier scandals surrounding the Olympic committee.
The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games has announced a detailed schedule for all competitions of the 2020 Games, which will start on July 24, 2020.
Finals for around 20 events will be held on many days, and finals for 30 events, including baseball, will be held on Aug. 8, which will be the largest number in a single day during the Olympics period.
The opening ceremony will begin at 8 p.m. on July 24. Gymnastics and wrestling matches are among competitions in which Japanese players are expected to turn in good performances. The men’s gymnastics team final will be held on July 27, with the Japanese team aiming to win their second consecutive Olympic title.
The women’s wrestling 57-kilogram final will be held on Aug. 6. If Kaori Icho earns a place on the Japan squad, she’ll have a chance to win her fifth straight Olympic gold medal.
In athletics, the men’s 100-meter final will be held on the night of Aug. 2, and the men’s 4×100-meter relay final will be run on the night of Aug. 7. In consideration of U.S. broadcasts, nine finals for athletics events will start in the morning.
On July 22, two days before the opening ceremony, a softball match will be held in Fukushima city, spearheading all the competitions.
The organizing committee did not announce the schedule for 13 events in boxing, because the International Olympic Committee objected to the opaque management of boxing’s governing body, and thus preparations for boxing have been suspended.
The committee plans to start accepting applications for Olympic tickets on May 9, and preopen the official ticket sales website on Thursday.