Having waited what seems like a lifetime for the Tokyo Olympics to begin, it’s finally here. We are now within touching distance of the Opening Ceremony on the 23rd of July and, more importantly, the sporting action starting.
There is never a dull day at the Olympics, but there are a few days that promise to be unmissable.
Surfing makes its debut in Tokyo and the reigning women’s world champion, Carissa Moore is tipped to win her sport’s first Olympic title, although she will face stiff competition from the most-decorated active female surfer, Stephanie Gilmore.
On the men’s side, Kanoa Igarashi, a Californian with dual Japanese citizenship has home advantage.
The men’s rugby 7s winners will be crowned while in the pool, US star, Katie Ledecky, is favored to add her first Olympic 1500m gold to her collection.
In a crowded field, this day promised to perhaps be the most exciting of all.
A new champion of the Olympics’ blue riband event, the men’s 100m, will be crowned following the retirement of Usain Bolt, who won gold in the event at the last three Olympic Games.
Reigning world champion, Christian Coleman, is absent due to a doping ban, which leaves the door open for his fellow Americans, Trayvon Brommell, Ronnie Baker and Fred Kerley, as well as Canadian Andre de Grasse.
The men’s golf champion will be decided, with Spanish world number one Jon Rahm favorite for gold, while world number three, Justin Thomas, leads the American charge. Recently crowned Masters champion, Hideki Matsuyama, will be the home favorite.
In the pool, one of the stars of the US team, Caeleb Dressel, will be going for gold in both the 50m freestyle and the 4x100m medley relay.
Men’s tennis world number one, Novak Djokovic, is looking to add the final missing piece of the puzzle in the shape of Olympic gold and American gymnastics starlet, Simone Biles, has her sights set on successfully defending the vault title she won in Rio five years ago.
Skateboarding makes its first Olympic appearance in Tokyo and today, Nyjah Huston is tipped to claim the men’s park gold.
On the track, recent world-record breaker, Sydney McLaughlin of the US, is looking for her first Olympic title but she will be pushed hard by compatriot and reigning champion, Dalilah Muhammad in the 400m hurdles final.
The women’s football competition features the best of the best in the sport.
USA have long been the most dominant nation but a disastrous campaign in 2016 saw the side fail to even make the podium.
The squad, headed by Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd, will be looking to make amends in Tokyo and reclaim the title they won in 2004, 2008 and 2012.
On the track, five-time Olympian, Allyson Felix, is after a tenth Olympic medal in the 400m final, three years after the birth of her daughter.
In beach volleyball, Alix Klineman and April Ross are fancied for gold in today’s final.
Basketball has provided some of the most enduring memories of past Olympics – who can forget the Soviet Union’s final second victory over the US in Munich in 1972 or the Dream Team in Barcelona twenty years later?
USA has dominated both the men’s and women’s Olympic basketball tournaments and today, the US men, spearheaded by Brooklyn Nets forward, Kevin Durant, will aim to win their fourth consecutive Olympic title.
Also on today is the baseball final – the dream match-up would be USA versus host country, Japan – and diving legend, David Boudia, will aim to add to his four Olympic medals in the 10m platform final.
The women’s golf champion will be crowned, with world number one, recent Women’s PGA winner and Florida native, Nelly Korda, the player of the moment.