When is the Tokyo Olympics? Key dates for the Olympic Games in 2021

It's a year late but the Tokyo Olympics is almost upon us.


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A fun fortnight of sizzling sport awaits as Tokyo finally gears up to host the 2020 Olympic Games… in 2021.

We’re all about to become self-proclaimed experts in events such as skateboarding, synchronised swimming and sport climbing but when does the rush for gold begin? You’ll find all the key dates for this summer’s Olympics below.


Tokyo Olympics dates

The Opening Ceremony gets underway in Tokyo at 20:00 local time (12:00 BST) on Friday July 23, although the sporting action actually begins two days before with women’s football and softball matches.

The first medals will be dished out on Saturday July 24 in sports including weightlifting, taekwondo, shooting, judo, fencing, men’s road race cycling and archery.

Swimming and rowing normally dominate proceedings in the first week of an Olympic Games and Tokyo 2020 is no different with both sports boasting busy schedules from Saturday July 24 through to Sunday August 1.

The track and field action is the cornerstone of every Olympics and the athletics programme picks up the baton on Friday July 30.

When are the 100m finals, I hear you asking? Well, the women’s sprinting showcase takes place on Saturday July 31 and the men’s final is scheduled for the following day.

There’s a final rush for medals on Sunday August 8 before the Closing Ceremony at 20:00 local time (12:00 BST).

Tokyo Olympics odds


USA – 1/10
China – 6/1
Russian Olympic Committee – 33/1
Japan – 40/1
Great Britain – 50/1
Australia – 100/1


USA – 1/8
China – 9/2
Japan – 16/1
Russian Olympic Committee – 25/1
Great Britain – 40/1
Australia – 100/1

You’ll find Paddy Power’s odds for a whole host of Olympics betting markets at paddypower.com/olympics.

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