AOC welcomes Tokyo 2020 competition schedule
20 July 2018
AOC: Ian Chesterman, Chef de Mission of the Australian Tokyo 2020 Team, today welcomed the release of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games competition schedule.
“The schedule release brings into focus for our athletes, their coaches and supporters the goal of competing at Tokyo 2020,” Chesterman said.
“With a record 33 sports and 339 events across 42 venues, the schedule highlights what an incredible two weeks of competition Tokyo 2020 will be.”
AOC Chief Executive Officer Matt Carroll said that with swimming finals now confirmed as morning events Australian time, the complete schedule is now settled, offering Australians a viewer-friendly Olympic experience across all sports.
“Given the small time difference between Australia and Japan, this is in some ways a home Games. This will be a sports lovers’ nirvana that we can all experience without climbing out of bed early in the morning to see our Olympians competing."
Athletics Australia CEO Darren Goucher said he was excited for the release of the Tokyo 2020 schedule, as a great reminder of what our athletes and coaches are working towards.
“With ten days of athletics and in a similar time zone, it will be fantastic to see our best athletes competing in prime time for Australian supporters back home," Goucher said.
Day 8 of competition, dubbed ‘Super Saturday’, will feature 23 sports, including the new mixed team triathlon event and mixed team trap shooting as well as athletics.
With Australia taking out gold in the first ever World Championships Mixed Team Trap event in 2017 and silver in July’s Triathlon World Cup Mixed Relay, Australians will be cheering on for a green and gold ‘Super Saturday’.
The schedule confirms several sports making their Olympic debuts, including surfing, will be straight in the spotlight, with competition beginning the first weekend of the Games.
Surfing Australia CEO Andrew Stark said the early start would be good for Australian surfers.
“Surfing Australia are extremely excited about our first ever Olympic games and we are pleased to be kicking off competition early in the Olympic program,” said Stark.
“As first time Olympians our athletes will be in a very new environment so the sooner they get into their competition the better.”
The full schedule can be found here.