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We got you covered! Here are the key things to know about the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

 

Global (23 July 2021) – The big day is here! The curtain lifts on the highly anticipated Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Running from 23 July to 8 August 2021, the Games will see medals awarded in 339 events across 33 sports encompassing 46 disciplines.

Postponed for a year to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Tokyo 2020 will be the second time the city has hosted the Olympic Games after it was staged in 1964.

Where can I find a schedule?

For a PDF version, you can click here. Throughout the Games, you can also frequent our site here. We’re set to cover the event.

Who represents TeamSA?

Here, you’ll be able to find the full South African Olympic team.

What new sport types will make their debuts at the Olympic Games?

The Games will feature a record 33 sports with 339 medals up for grabs. Five new sports will make their debut at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. The sports are surfing, skateboarding, climbing, baseball, softball and karate.

Where will the athletes compete at the Olympic Games in 2021?

Tokyo’s new Olympic Stadium will be the focal point of the Games and will host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, athletics, and various football matches. The stadium was constructed with a hybrid wood and steel frame, with the wood in the roof structure coming from all 47 prefectures in Japan.

The Urban Park concept, which proved so successful at the 2018 Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games, will also be in operation. BMX and skateboarding will take place at Ariake Urban Sports Park, with Aomi Urban Sports Park staging sport climbing and 3X3 basketball.

There are also four existing venues that were used at the 1964 Olympic Games: the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium (table tennis), Yoyogi National Stadium (handball), Nippon Budokan (judo and karate), and Equestrian Park.

Baseball and softball will be held in the Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium in the east of Japan, in the prefecture most affected by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.

Just north of Fukushima is Miyagi, another city hit by the tsunami, which will host football preliminary games and quarter-finals.

What’s the difference in time?

Tokyo is seven hours ahead of South Africa. The opening ceremony, therefore, starts at 13:00 CAT this afternoon.

Who will carry the SA flag at the opening ceremony?

Olympic swimmer Chad le Clos and national women’s hockey goalkeeper Phumelela Mbande have been named as the two flagbearers for Team SA at the opening ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The president of SASCOC, Barry Hendricks, who arrived in Tokyo ahead of Friday’s opening ceremony, offered his congratulations to Le Clos and Mbande.

“In previous Games there was one flagbearer for a country at the opening ceremony, and one at the closing ceremony. In a welcomed change, the IOC adopted a resolution that each national Olympic committee could nominate one female and one male athlete as flagbearers.

“As always, it was incredibly difficult to arrive at the decision as to who to carry the flag in the opening ceremony.

“Both Chad and Phumelela are role models and inspirations for their respective sports and we’re proud to have them carrying the flag for our wonderful nation,” Hendricks added.

Where can I watch all the events live?

If you’d like to see TeamSA in action, the public broadcaster’s Sports Channel will broadcast all the events.


Sources: SASCOC | Olympics.com 
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