Tokyo 2020; Updated Test Event Calendar (November 2020)

Schedule – As of 27 November 2020

NoSportsDisciplinesOlympics/ParalympicsEventsDatesVenuesOrganisers
40AquaticsArtistic SwimmingOlympicsFINA Artistic Swimming Olympic Games Qualification Tournament
2021
4-7 Mar. 2021Tokyo Aquatics CentreFédération Internationale de Natation
41AquaticsWater PoloOlympicsOperational Test - Aquatics (Water Polo)10-11 Apr. 2021Tatsumi Water Polo CentreThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
42AquaticsDivingOlympicsFINA Diving World Cup 202118-23 Apr. 2021Tokyo Aquatics CentreFédération Internationale de Natation
43RugbyOlympicsOperational Test - Rugby22 Apr. 2021Tokyo StadiumThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
44AquaticsSwimmingOlympicsREADY STEADY TOKYO - Aquatics (Swimming)24-25 Apr. 2021Tokyo Aquatics CentreThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
45CyclingBMX FreestyleOlympicsREADY STEADY TOKYO - Cycling (BMX Freestyle)24-25 Apr. 2021
(The spare day on 26 Apr.)
Ariake Urban Sports ParkThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
46CyclingTrackOlympicsREADY STEADY TOKYO - Cycling (Track)25 Apr. 2021Izu VelodromeThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
47Para SwimmingParalympicsREADY STEADY TOKYO - Para Swimming26 Apr. 2021Tokyo Aquatics CentreThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
48ShootingOlympics/ParalympicsREADY STEADY TOKYO - Shooting26-30 Apr. 2021Asaka Shooting RangeThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
49SkateboardingOlympicsREADY STEADY TOKYO - Skateboarding28-29 Apr. 2021
(The spare day on 30 Apr.)
Ariake Urban Sports ParkThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
50VolleyballVolleyballOlympicsInternational Volleyball Games~Tokyo Challenge 2021~ (TBC)1-2 May. 2021Ariake ArenaJapan Volleyball Association
51GymnasticsArtisticOlympics2021 Artistic Gymnastics WORLD CUP TOKYO4 May. 2021Ariake Gymnastics CentreFédération Internationale de Gymnastique
52GymnasticsRhythmicOlympicsREADY STEADY TOKYO - Gymnastics (Rhythmic)8 May. 2021Ariake Gymnastics CentreThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
53AthleticsOlympicsREADY STEADY TOKYO - Athletics9 May. 2021Olympic StadiumThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
54Basketball3x3 BasketballOlympicsREADY STEADY TOKYO - Basketball (3x3 Basketball)14-16 May. 2021Aomi Urban Sports ParkThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
55Wheelchair RugbyParalympicsOperational Test - Wheelchair RugbyTBCYoyogi National StadiumThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
56Para AthleticsParalympicsREADY STEADY TOKYO - Para AthleticsTBCOlympic StadiumThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
57AthleticsMarathonOlympicsTBCTBCSapporo Odori ParkTBC

 

Press release

Tokyo 2020 Announces Updated Test Event Calendar

Tokyo, 27 November 2020 – The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) today announced its revised test event calendar, following changes made in the wake of the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Games.

The new updated test event calendar covers test events for 18 disciplines, including testing of the Olympic marathon event after the venue was changed from Tokyo to Sapporo following the previous test event.

The test events will test three essential elements: the field of play (competition area) for each event, the use of technology, and workforce – with a particular focus on technical aspects including countermeasures against COVID-19.

In addition, Tokyo 2020 will re-examine and review the content of test events that were scheduled prior to the postponement of the Games in collaboration with IFs and in accordance with Olympic Agenda 2020, including the New Norm in order to further improve efficiency and reduce costs. In response to the COVID-19 situation, we will implement infection countermeasures and plan to conduct comprehensive tests of various aspects of venue management, including the handling of spectators at selected test events.

Some aspects of the test events are still under review; we will announce details of these as soon as they are decided.

Tokyo 2020; Press release: Ariake Gymnastics Centre wins Minister of the Environment Award

Ariake Gymnastics Centre wins Minister of the Environment Award

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) is pleased to announce that the Ariake Gymnastics Centre, due to be used as a venue during the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, has been recognised with a Minister of the Environment Award as a structure that makes good use of wood as a renewable and aesthetically rich resource. The award, conducted annually since 1993 by the Japan Council for Advancement of Timber Utilisation with support from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, and the Ministry of the Environment, recognises facilities that contribute to the use of Japanese wood. This year’s award is an important recognition of Tokyo 2020’s ongoing efforts to reduce CO2 emissions and save energy. The award ceremony was held today (30 October 2020).

This unique venue is intended to showcase traditional Japanese craftsmanship, with its structure embodying key aspects of Japan’s culture of timber-based construction. A prominent feature is the use of Japanese cedar to create the exterior shape of a wooden vessel with an external concourse similar to an engawa, a Japanese-style veranda. The installation of huge 90-metre wooden roof beams free of any steel framework has allowed the creation of a 30-metre-high open space without pillars in the centre of the venue, a feature which will benefit athletes and spectators alike.

Construction of the Ariake Gymnastics Centre involved the most expansive usage of timber of any of the Tokyo 2020 venues, featuring one of the largest timber roofs in the world and specially crafted wooden benches for spectators. Larch wood from Nagano and Hokkaido prefectures was used to create the timber roof. Cedar from Mie prefecture was used to craft the spectator benches, with cedar from Shizuoka, Miyazaki and Akita prefectures being deployed to create the large eaves.

The Ariake Gymnastics Centre has become a symbolic Tokyo 2020 venue, sharing Japanese culture with the wider world. The Tokyo 2020 sustainability concept for the Games is “Be better, together – For the planet and the people,” and Tokyo 2020 strives to meet its responsibility to deliver a sustainable Games and showcase solutions to global sustainability challenges to people both in Japan and around the world.

The Ariake Gymnastics Centre, located close to the Olympic Village, will host Olympic artistic, rhythmic and trampoline gymnastic events, as well as Paralympic boccia.

 

Source: The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games

Tokyo 2020; Video: Tokyo opens 15,000-seat Olympic aquatics centre (AFP)

Tokyo opens 15,000-seat Olympic aquatics centre | AFP

AFP News Agency on YouTube
 
Tokyo opens a 15,000-seat swimming venue for next year’s Olympic Games, with a swimming star who was diagnosed with leukaemia last year demonstrating freestyle at the ceremony. The $542 million Aquatics Centre for swimming, diving and artistic swimming was completed in February, but its grand opening ceremony scheduled for March was postponed due to the coronavirus.
 

Tokyo 2020; Introduction to Tokyo (12)

In 2020 2021, Tokyo will host the XXXII Olympic Summer Games. The city also hosted the 1964 Olympics. Over the next years we’ll explore this fascinating and hectic metropolis in a serie of blog posts. Topics include: urban sprawl, architecture and infrastucture.

 

Trailer: Tokyo Ride (film by Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine)

 

A day with Ryūe Nishizawa and his Giulia.
After the multi awarded « Moriyama San », « Tokyo Ride » is a new step of Bêka & Lemoine’s immersion within Tokyo’s busy daily life. Revisiting the genre of the road movie in a very diaristic and personal way, the film takes us on board of Ryue Nishizawa’s vintage Alfa Romeo (Giulia) for a day long wandering in the streets of Tokyo.
More than a portrait, in the classical sense, of one of the most talented and celebrated Japanese architect of today, the film renders in its pure spontaneity the experience of this friendly urban drift.
Ryue Nishizawa narrates along the way his strong relationship with his home town through some sites he personally affectionates, buildings that have influenced him, and some of his own architecture projects.
The film questions how rooted architecture practice is and how much the built and cultural environment feeds and shapes our imagination.

*** Artistic Vision Award, Dept of Field Best Prize – DOCAVIV Film Festival, 2020 ***

Black and white, 90 min.

Tokyo 2020; Competition Schedule Olympic Games (v10.00 – July 2020)

Source: The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games

 

Press release Tokyo 2020;

Tokyo 2020 confirms Olympic Competition Schedule

2020 Olympic competition schedule remains in place for 2021
The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) today confirmed the event line-up for each competition session of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, following their postponement to 2021.

Tokyo 2020, the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee agreed in April that given the critical impact of the competition schedule on every aspect of preparation, each session of the 2021 competition would in principle be scheduled as originally planned for 2020. This has been reflected in the confirmed competition schedule, noting that for operational reasons the start and end times of certain events have been adjusted.

Events in 2021 will take place at the same competition venues that were planned to be used in 2020. Preparations for the Games continue as Tokyo 2020 works to resolve any remaining issues including the periods of venue usage.

Opening of the Games
The competitions will kick off with softball at 9:00 a.m. JST on 21 July 2021, two days before the Opening Ceremony, at Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium. Preliminary football matches will start on the same day, with rowing preliminary events and archery ranking rounds to be held on 23 July, the day of the Opening Ceremony. The first medal event—the women’s shooting 10m air rifle—will start at 8:30 a.m. on 24 July. Medal events in six more sports—archery, cycling (road race), fencing, judo, taekwondo and weightlifting—will also be held, with medals being awarded in a total of 11 events that day.

Urban sports take the stage
Urban sports, an exciting new highlight of the Tokyo 2020 Games, will commence with men’s and women’s 3×3 basketball on 24 July, the day after the Opening Ceremony, both men’s and women’s 3×3 basketball matches can be seen in every session. Urban sports will be held in the Aomi and Ariake areas throughout almost the entire period of the Games. Skateboarding street events will be held on 25 and 26 July. BMX freestyle park events will follow on 31 July and 1 August with skateboarding (park) featuring on 4 and 5 August and sport climbing from 3 to 6 August.

Action-packed weekend highlights the most gender-balanced Games in history
Fans around the world are expected to tune in on “Super Saturday” and “Golden Sunday”, 31 July and 1 August, as an exciting array of medal events take place. A total of 21 medal events will be held on “Super Saturday”, including first-time Olympic Games events such as the judo mixed team event, the triathlon mixed team relay and the shooting trap mixed team event, all of which will help make Tokyo 2020 the most gender-balanced Olympic Games in history. This day will also see the men’s football quarter-finals, which will be staged at four different venues throughout Japan. This sporting extravaganza will be followed by 25 medal events on “Golden Sunday”, including the men’s athletics 100m final, men’s and women’s gymnastics finals, and the men’s tennis singles final. “Golden Sunday” will also feature the final day of fencing events including the men’s team foil final, and the closing day of swimming events, with five finals scheduled. This action-packed weekend is sure to be a memorable highlight of the Games.

Climactic lead-up to the finale
The second half of the Games, from 30 July onward, will feature semi-finals and finals in wrestling, karate and other team events, as well as athletics events at the new Olympic Stadium, the main venue of the Tokyo 2020 Games. Athletics finals will feature in almost all sessions, except the 30 and 31 July morning sessions. The 4 x 100m relay for men and women will take place on the evening of 6 August.

Saturday, 7 August, the day before the Closing Ceremony, will constitute another “Super Saturday”, featuring no fewer than 34 event finals, the highest single day number during the Games. The key attractions on this climactic day will include the men’s basketball final, the men’s football final, the women’s marathon final, the baseball final, the men’s volleyball final, the rhythmic gymnastics individual all-around final and the artistic swimming team free routine. The final day of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, Sunday 8 August, will commence with the men’s marathon in Sapporo. The last medal event will be the men’s water polo final, beginning at 4:30 p.m.

The victory ceremony for the women’s marathon will be held during the Closing Ceremony for the first time in Olympic history. Together with the victory ceremony for the men’s marathon, this makes the ceremony even more memorable for everyone including the athletes and spectators.

Tokyo 2020 took a holistic approach when compiling the schedule, taking into account athletes’ experience & well-being, the technical rules and regulations of the various international federations, global TV audiences, the popularity of individual sports in Japan, gender balance and operational considerations. The competition schedule may be subject to change.