On July 17, the schedule of events for the Tokyo Olympic Games after its extension to 2021 was officially announced, which in principle will be synchronized with the original schedule before the extension. However, the Tokyo organising committee did not rule out a change in the schedule. The event, still called Tokyo 2020, will begin on July 24, 2021 and continue until August 8, 2021. However, as in previous Games, some events will be brought forward, with softball being the first sport to be contested (starting July 21, 2021). The first gold will be won in the women’s 10m air rifle shooting at 8.30am Local time on July 24.
Two basic sports, swimming, focus on the first half of the Games, while track and field focus on the second half. The games are most closely watched on Super Saturday, July 31, and Golden Sunday, August 1. There will be 21 medal events on Super Saturday, including the Olympic debut of the judo mixed team, the triathlon mixed team and the skeet shooting mixed team. Twenty-five medal events will be contested on Golden Sunday, including the men’s 100m final, the men’s and women’s gymnastics final and the men’s tennis singles final. The final day of fencing will see the men’s team foil and swimming conclude with five gold MEDALS.
In terms of emerging sports, the men’s and women’s 3X3 basketball competition will start on July 24, the day after the opening ceremony. Each time period of the competition will include the men’s and women’s competitions. Skateboard Street RACES will be held on 25 and 26 July, followed by freestyle BMX RACES on 31 July and 1 August. The skate park will be held on August 4 and 5, while the climbing competition will be held on August 3 and solstice and 6. The final Olympic day will be August 8, when the men’s marathon will be held in Sapporo, Hokkaido, while the 4:30pm men’s water polo final will be the final medal event of the Games.