General Info about Tokyo
When are the Games?
Olympics: 23 July – 8 August 2021
Paralympics: 24 August – 5 September 2021
Wait a second. These are the 2020 Games. Why did they take place in 2021?
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) postponed the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics on March 24, 2020, soon after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The International Paralympic Committee agreed with this decision in light of the fact that COVID-19 was spreading quickly throughout the world.
The Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee put in a tremendous amount of work to re-secure venues and the Athletes Village (which had been due to be converted into private apartments after the Games) in order to host the Games a year later.
Who are the mascots?
What are the new Olympic sports? Baseball/softball are BACK! New to the program: Karate, skateboarding, sport climbing, surfing.
What are the new Paralympic sports? Badminton and taekwondo
During the Olympics and Paralympics, we’ll be airing daily recap episodes. We’ll be on Tokyo time and will tape after competition ends that day.
Look for episodes to air:
Asia/Oceania – Late night
Europe – Evening
US Eastern time – Late afternoon
US Pacific time – Late morning
Paralympics Day 1 – Opening Ceremonies
Paralympics Day 13 – Last day of competition and Closing Ceremonies
Post-Paralympics Contributor Roundtable
Olympics Day 1 – Opening Ceremonies
Olympics Day 2 – Competition Begins!
Olympics Day 3 – Shred the Board, Ride the Wave
Olympics Day 4 – It’s a 29-Sport Kind of Day
Olympics – Day 5 – SO much action, so many surprises!
Olympics – Day 6 – It’s Only a 26-Sport Day!
Olympics – Day 7 – All All-Around Concern
Olympics – Day 8 – Must-See Moments
Olympics – Day 9 – Mixed Gender Event Delight
Olympics – Day 10 – The Overlap
Olympics – Day 11 – A FOUR-PEAT DAY!
Olympics – Day 12 – The Race of the Games
Olympics – Day 13 – The Race of the Games Redux
Olympics – Day 15 – Hail, TKFLASTAN!
Olympics – Day 17 – End of Competition
Olympics – Day 17 – Closing Ceremony
Post-Olympics Contributor Roundtable
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On the Paralympic side, we also include the basics on sport classification to help you decode those letter/number combinations.
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