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Tokyo 2020: schedule, TV broadcast and new sports

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With snow cannons against the heat wave

Japan is suffering from a heat wave this summer. The Japanese resort to a special and unusual form of cooling so that spectators will be protected from the high temperatures next year at the Summer Olympics.

This summer, the top athletes compete at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Time difference, schedule, new sports and more – here you will find everything you need to know about Tokyo 2020.

ZFor the second time in the history of the Olympic Games, the big event will take place in Tokyo (Japan) in the summer. The world’s best met in 1964 in Japan’s capital.

The games of the XXXII. Olympics begin with the opening ceremony on July 24 and end on August 9. Since the beginning of the year, Tokyo has been pointing out the games with gigantic Olympic rings: more than 15 meters high and almost 33 meters long is the symbol of the five rings, which lies on a raft in the Tokyo Bay in front of the Odaiba district.

The German Olympic team wants to defend its place among the top nations in Tokyo. At the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, the team finished fifth in the medal table. The yield: 17 gold, 10 silver and 15 bronze medals.

The Tokyo Paralympics begin on August 25 and end on September 6.

Tokyo 2020: heat and competition postponement

The athletes at Olympia 2020 will not only be dealing with their opponents, but in all likelihood also with extremely challenging conditions. Heat and high humidity are likely to affect those who fight for medals outside. The 40 degree mark is not utopian.

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The marathon and walking competitions were therefore already relocated to Sapporo, around 800 kilometers north of Tokyo, in 1972 the site of the Winter Olympics. Triathlon races and eventing competitions each start one hour earlier than originally planned. The starting shot for the individual triathlon races and the mixed relay at 7.30 a.m. The off-road riding starts between 7:30 and 8:00 a.m.

Doctor warns of “heat stroke”

Tokyo has been suffering from extreme heat and high humidity for weeks. A Japanese doctor is already warning of the dangers that such a heat wave can bring with it in the coming year at the Summer Olympics.

The Paralympic marathons, however, remain in Tokyo. The five medal decisions are scheduled for September 9, 2020, starting at 6:30 a.m. local time. “The health and well-being of our athletes are our top priority. Before we made this decision, we analyzed all the relevant data and spoke to athletes, ”said IPC President Andrew Parsons. “The weather data have shown that the temperatures will be within the limits for safe and optimal competition.”

The IPC changed the start times for the triathlon competitions on August 29 and 30 from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. local time.

Time difference in tokyo

Japan is seven hours ahead of us in summer. So if it is 12 noon in Germany, it is 7 pm in Japan. The competitions take place between 6.30 a.m. and midnight local time, in this country between 11.30 p.m. (marathon) and 5 p.m.

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It looks extremely unusual for the swimmers who normally have their finals in the evening. In Japan, however, the heats take place between 7 p.m. and 9.30 p.m. (CET 12 p.m. – 2.30 p.m.) and the finals between 10.30 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. (CET 3.30 a.m. – 5.30 a.m.).

Tokyo 2020 on TV

As usual, the 2020 Olympic Games will be shown live on television and in live streams – on Eurosport and on public service broadcasters. ARD and ZDF share the reporting.

2020 Olympic Games: New sports and disciplines

The following sports are new or back in the Olympic program:

  • Streetball / basketball 3×3 (men and women)
  • Baseball (for men) and softball (for women)
  • karate
  • skateboard
  • Sport climbing
  • surfing

The new disciplines include:

  • Track bike: Madison (men and women)
  • Bike: BMX Freestyle (F / M)
  • Archery: mixed event
  • Athletics: 4×400 m mixed relay
  • Swimming: 800 m men, 1500 m women, mixed relay over 4×100 m
  • Judo: mixed team event
  • Table tennis: mixed doubles
  • Triathlon: mixed team relay

Olympia 2020 schedule – highlights

  • Opening ceremony: July 24, 8 p.m. local time (1 p.m. CET). The women’s tournaments in softball and soccer begin two days beforehand
  • First decisions: July 25, air rifle and air pistol shooting, men’s street racing
  • Riding, dressage team: July 28th
  • Riding, dressage single: 29th of July
  • Rowing, figure eight and one: July 31
  • Swimming, 1500 m freestyle men: August 2, probably with world champion Florian Wellbrock
  • Athletics, 100 m men: August 2nd
  • Riding, eventing finals: 3rd August
  • Athletics, long jump women: August 4, probably with world champion Malaika Mihambo
  • Show jumping, final single: 5th of August
  • Athletics, decathlon men: 5/6. August, probably with world champion Niklas Kaul
  • Hockey, final men: 6th of August
  • Beach volleyball, women’s finals: August 7th
  • Hockey, women’s finals: August 7th
  • Basketball, men’s final: 8th August
  • Beach volleyball, men’s final: 8th August
  • Football, final men: 8th August
  • Handball, men’s final: 8th August
  • Show jumping, final team: 8th August
  • Closing ceremony: August 9, 8 p.m. local time (1 p.m. CEST)

More coming soon.

Russia and Olympia 2020

The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) had banned Russia for four years. The background is the manipulation of doping data from the Moscow laboratory.

Russian athletes may not start under the Russian flag during this period, but only as neutral athletes. The prerequisite is that they were not involved in the state doping scandal. So this applies among other things. for the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2020 in Tokyo and 2022 in Beijing and World Championships of sports that have signed the Wada code, as well as so-called “Major Sport Events”.

Tokyo Olympic Stadium

The Japanese are on schedule. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe opened the National Stadium 222 days before the opening of the 2020 Olympic Games after almost three years of construction. The arena was designed by star architect Kengo Kuma with 68,000 seats. It is located at the site of the 1964 Olympic Stadium and cost a total of 1.3 billion euros.

In addition to the opening ceremony and the closing ceremony, the athletics competitions and some football matches are also held there. The stadium is designed to protect spectators and athletes from the heat using special technology. 185 large fans and eight fog machines were integrated, and green decks are to remedy this.

Team sports: current status for Tokyo 2020

For some German national teams it is already clear: their dream of participating in the Olympic Games in Tokyo remains unfulfilled. Others may already plan or hope. An overview.

  • Safe with it:
  • Beach volleyball: A maximum of two teams per gender and nation are eligible to start. Julius Thole and Clemens Wickler are almost certain to be there.
  • Hockey: Both national teams
  • Football: The German men qualified for Tokyo at the U21 European Championship.

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Missed qualification:

  • Baseball and softball
  • Football: The women, still Olympic champions in 2016, miss the games because of their end in the World Cup quarterfinal against Sweden
  • Rugby: women and men
  • Handball: women
  • Basketball: women
  • Volleyball: women and men
  • Men’s 3×3 basketball


  • Handball: If the men are European champions, they are directly qualified. If it is not enough at the European Championships in January, there is still a detour to the qualification tournament in Berlin (April 17th to 19th).

  • Basketball: After the World Cup debacle in China, the men’s team now only has the opportunity to qualify at the end of June. The team must win a six-man tournament in Split.

  • 3×3 basketball: The women play in India from March 18th to 22nd for their Tokyo starting place. Three out of 20 participants qualify. The German women are on the waiting list for a final qualification tournament in which the last ticket is awarded.

  • Beach volleyball: Niels Ehlers and Lars Flüggen have to collect points in the remaining World Tour tournaments until June 15, but can still make it through the Olympic ranking. Laura Ludwig and Margareta Kozuch as well as Karla Borger and Julia Sude currently have good chances for women. A maximum of two teams per gender and nation are eligible to start. If the qualification via the ranking is not successful, the teams can still earn a ticket via the Continental Cup: Germany is represented there with a team of women and men.

  • Water polo: At the European Championships in Budapest (January 12th to 26th, 2020), a ticket for Tokyo will be issued for women and men – hard for German women and men. After that, there is still the way through the qualification tournaments in March with teams from all over the world.



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