2020 Summer Olympic Games: Everything you need to know about Tokyo 2020
It's back. 2020 is an Olympic year, with the Games of the XXXII Olympiad taking place in Tokyo, Japan. It's that glorious time every four years when we brush up on pictograms, become experts in modern pentathlon and know our pes from our sabres.
It's less than a year away! The opening ceremony will be on Friday, July 24, and the closing ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. See the full schedule here. The Paralympics run from Aug. 25 to Sept. 6.
The games will take place in more than 40 venues in and around Tokyo, with some soccer matches taking place farther afield. Japan last hosted the Summer Games in 1964, which was the first in Asia; the Winter Olympics were there in 1972 and 1998
Several new sports will be joining the Summer Olympics roster, with karate, skateboarding, surfing and sport climbing making their debut, while baseball and softball make a return after a two-Games absence. In all, there will be 33 sports competed in at the Tokyo Games, with about 5,000 medals set to be won.
The Olympics run July 24 until Aug. 9. Softball and soccer get underway before the official opening, with matches schedule July 22. Rowing and archery begin on the day of the opening ceremony with medal rounds the next day.
Some of the new sports will be featured early: skateboarding and 3-on-3 basketball starting on the second day.
Time zone difference
Tokyo is 13 hours ahead of Americas East Coast, but NBC will again live stream countless hours and events.
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