- Delayed Tokyo Olympics 2020 to take place this summer
- Sport climbing, surfing and skateboarding among new sports
- Opening ceremony to take place at the Japan National Stadium on July 23rd
It has been a long wait for the brightest athletic stars, but the Olympic Games will finally get underway with the opening ceremony on July 23rd. Doubts persist surrounding whether the Games will go ahead after being pushed back a year due to COVID-19, but what do we know about the biggest sporting event on the planet this year?
Tokyo Olympics 2020 Games Schedule
- When: Friday, July 23rd– Sunday, August 8th
- Where: Various locations in Tokyo
- How To Watch: NBC
Predictions for Each Sport
Five new sports will be making their Olympic debuts this summer, and they are skateboarding, sport climbing, surfing, baseball/softball, and karate. Below, you can find the complete list of sports that will be taking place this summer.
- Athletics (Men’s Picks, Women’s Picks)
- Baseball (New)
- Field Hockey
- Karate (New)
- Modern Pentathlon
- Rugby Sevens
- Skateboarding (New)
- Sport Climbing (New)
- Surfing (New)
- Table Tennis
Who Will Win the Most Gold Medals?
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Where & When Are The Olympic Games?
The 2020 Olympic Games will be taking place in Tokyo between Friday, July 23rd, and Sunday, August 8th. Japan were awarded the Olympics back in 2013, as they saw off competition from Madrid, Spain, and Istanbul, Turkey to host the event. It isn’t the first time that the Olympics will be competed in Japan, as Tokyo previously hosted the huge sporting occasion in 1964.
The vast majority of sporting events will be taking place inside the Japan National Stadium. However, events such as handball and boxing will take place elsewhere. The Yoyogi National Gymnasium will host the handball, while boxing will be taking place at Ryogoku Kokugikan.
Other venues that will be used include Tokyo International Forum, Nippon Budokan, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. There will also be 13 venues used in the Tokyo Bay Zone, 16 further venues located within 10 kilometers of the Olympic Village. Soccer fixtures will also be played in Yokohama, Saitama, and Kashima, as well as Tokyo.
Sports Taking Place at the Tokyo Olympics 2020
One of the most joyous aspects of the Olympic Games is watching sports that you wouldn’t typically be able to enjoy. At this year’s games, there will be 33 different sports taking place, with 339 events in total throughout the spectacle.
Biggest Olympic Stars To Watch
The Olympics is all about stars being born and catapulted onto the global stage. There will be a huge space to fill this summer, as it will be the first Olympic Games since 2004 that Usain Bolt will not be competing. However, below we will run through some of the brightest stars that could create global headlines this summer.
|Dina Asher-Smith||Great Britain||100m, 200m|
|Simone Biles||United States||Gymnastics|
|Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce||Jamaica||100m, 200m|
|Caeleb Dressel||United States||Swimming|
|Janja Granbret||Slovenia||Sport Climbing|
|Laura Kenny||Great Britain||Cycling|
|Mariya Lasitskene||Russia/Neutral||High Jump|
|Eliza McCartney||New Zealand||Pole Vault|
|Noah Lyles||United States||100m, 200m|
|Katie Ledecky||United States||Swimming|
|Adam Peaty||United Kingdom||Swimming|
Can I Bet On The Olympics?
Betting on the Olympic Games is hugely popular, and there will be a wide selection of opportunities for bettors throughout the summer. Customers at the leading sportsbooks can expect to make wagers on the total number of gold medals recorded by each nation, which is an over/under market.
How to Bet on the Olympics
Meanwhile, bets can also be made on each individual event, such as the winner of the men’s 100 meters. Some of the betting markets that you can expect to find during the Olympics can be found below: