With only 15 months left for the mega event, the organizers have announced the Tokyo 2020 Olympics schedule. But the Indian fans wouldn’t be pleased…
The organizers, on Tuesday, published the Tokyo 2020 Olympic master competition schedule.The Sporting extravaganza will begin with softball and women’s soccer two days before the Opening Ceremony and concluding with the men’s marathon, among other events, on the day of the Closing Ceremony.
In a first, a record 33 sports will be featuring featuring followed by another record 339 medal events (33 more as compared to Rio) take place from July 24.
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The first events – preliminary softball games — will be held on July 22, a Wednesday morning, in Fukushima. The area was hit by a devastating 2011 earthquake and followed by the nuclear disaster.
The first ever gold medal event will be the women’s 10m air rifle, as it was in Rio. 2019 ISSF World Cup gold medalist Apurvi Chandela would be competing in this event. Archery and Rowing will be held on the day of the Opening Ceremony i.e. 24 July.
Clash of Indian Events
However, the events may not be as desired for by Indians, with some of the country’s biggest medal hopefuls likely to clash. Fans will thus be left pondering on whom to follow.
For example, shooters stars and World Cup gold winners Saurabh Chaudhary and Apurvi Chandela’s events will be played alongside Archery Mix Team events and weightlifter Mirabai Chanu’s events.
Moreover, Dipa Karmakar, who created history by finishing 4th in Women’s Vault Gymnastics event in Rio 2016, will see her vault final clash with Women’s Single Badminton medal matches, where India will be fielding two Olympic medalists – Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu.
The Japanese Standard Time is 3.5 hours ahead of Indian Standard Time, meaning most of the events will be followed live in India.
Here is the complete 2020 Tokyo Olympic schedule: