The 2021 Summer Olympics are set to take place in Tokyo, Japan from July 23 to August 8. This will be the first time that the city has hosted the Summer Olympics since 1964. A total of 33 sports and 339 events are set to be contested at the 2021 Summer Olympics.
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The first Summer Olympics were held in Greece in 1896. Since then, the games have been held every four years (with a few exceptions) and have grown to become one of the largest international sporting events in the world. The 2020 Summer Olympics, originally scheduled for Tokyo, Japan, were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The games are now scheduled to take place from July 23 to August 8, 2021.
As of 2021, there are a total of 33 sports that will be contested at the Summer Olympics. Some of these sports have been on the program since 1896, while others have been added or removed over the years. Here is a look at all 33 sports that will be contested at the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo:
How Many Sports Are in the 2021 Summer Olympics?
A total of 33 sports are on the program for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. This is three more than at Rio 2016, and equals the record number of sports on the program from London 2012. In Tokyo, a new sport makes its Olympic debut: skateboarding, while baseball/softball and karate return after having last been staged at Beijing 2008.
The 33 sports are divided into two groups: core sports and additional sports. Every edition of the Summer Olympic Games must feature a minimum of 14 core sports, with baseball/softball, basketball, canoeing, boxing, cycling, fencing, field hockey, football, gymnastics (artistic and rhythmic), handball, judo, rowing, rugby union7 ( rugby sevens), sailing , shooting , swimming , table tennis , taekwondo , tennis , track &field athletics , volleyball and wrestling all currently falling into this category.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) can include up to a further 10 sports in the Summer Olympics program as ‘additional’ or ‘optional’ sports at its discretion. The host country may also petition to have a specific sport included in the program to help boost local popularity and ticket sales . For Tokyo 2020 these additional sports are BMX freestyle cycling , karate , roller speed skating , skateboarding and sport climbing . Surfing was also initially selected for Tokyo 2020 but was subsequently dropped due to issues with the proposed venue .
Assuming that no further changes are made before Tokyo 2020 begins, athletes will therefore be able to compete in a total of 33 different sports across 508 events during the upcoming Games.
What Events Are in the 2021 Summer Olympics?
The International Olympic Committee has officially released the sports program for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. A total of 339 events in 33 different sports will be contested at the Games, with baseball and softball, karate, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing making their Olympic debuts. Tokyo will also see the return of two sports that were on the program in 1964 – basketball and volleyball. Here’s a complete list of sports and disciplines that will be contested in Tokyo:
Archery – There are six archery events on the program: one each for men and women, and a mixed team event. Individual events are contested over a 72-arrow shoot, while teams shoot 144 arrows each.
Athletics – Athletics (track and field) is one of the biggest Olympic sports, with 47 events on the Tokyo 2020 program – 23 for men, 23 for women, and one mixed event.
Badminton – Badminton has five events: men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles, and a mixed doubles event. All matches are best-of-three games.
Baseball/Softball – Baseball returns to the Olympics after being dropped from the program after 2008. There will be two events: baseball (men only) and softball (women only). Each tournament will feature six teams playing a round-robin format before the top four advance to the semifinals.
Basketball – Basketball has two events: men’s tournament (12 teams) and women’s tournament (12 teams). The knockout phase features quarterfinals, semifinals, bronze medal game and final. A third-place playoff will also be played in each gender between the losing semifinalists.
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Boxing – There are 13 weight classes in boxing (eight for men , five for women), with each gender having both an individual tournament as well as a tournaments for teams of boxers representing their nation.
Canoeing – Canoeing has 16 events across both sprint (flatwater) and slalom disciplines. There are four canoe disciplines (C1, C2, K1 and K2) and four kayak disciplines (K1W, K2W, K1M and K2M), with races held over 200m , 500m , 1000m or 5000m . The slalom disciplines race over either single or double runs over a fixed upstream+downstream time limit course containing 18-25 gates [(requiring 9-12 touches or portages)]. Mixed gender canoe sprint events were added in 1992 .
Cycling – Cycling offers up to33 medalsto be won across its various disciplines . These comprise road cycling , track cycling , mountain biking , BMX racing , BMX freestyle .
Diving – Diving features eight events: four each for men and women . In all except synchronized springboard diving competitions divers perform difficult stunts before plunging into pools located 10–20 metres(33–66 ft) below them depending on age group competition requirements as per FINA guidelines; hencesyncronized springboarddivers compete at lower heights so they can safely observe their competitors’ entries first during performance routines which can last up to three minutes plus preliminary scores.. In platform diving competitions divers leap from either 10 metreor 3 metre(9 ft 10 in)(women only) high scaffolds located above swimming pools; thus no splashing from below is seen during performance routines which last up to three minutes plus preliminary scores.. Platform synchronised diving was introduced at Atlanta 1996 but was only held once more at Beijing 2008 due to low participation levels; however it became very popular with spectators especially those who preferred not to watch divers disappear beneath water level during performance routines..
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When Are the 2021 Summer Olympics?
The 2021 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXXII Olympiad, and commonly known as Tokyo 2020, is an international multi-sport event that is scheduled to take place from 23 July to 8 August 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.
Who Is Competing in the 2021 Summer Olympics?
The International Olympic Committee has released the list of sports that will be contested at the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. A total of 339 events in 33 different sports will be held, with baseball/softball, karate, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing making their debut appearance on the Olympic programme.
Athletics (track and field) – 47 events
Basketball – 2 events
Boxing – 13 events
Canoeing – 16 events
Cycling – 22 events
Diving – 8 events
Equestrian – 6 event
Fencing – 14 events
Field hockey – 2 event
Football (soccer)– 2 event
Golf – 4 event Gymnastics- 14 event Handball-2 event Judo- 14 event Modern pentathlon- 1 event Rowing- 14 event Rugby sevens-2 event Sailing-10event Shooting-15event Softball-2event Sport climbing -3event Surfing -2 event Swimming -34event Synchronized swimming -2event Table tennis -4event Taekwondo -8event Tennis -5event Triathlon -1event Volleyball -2events Water polo -2events Weightlifting-10events Wrestling -18events
From our research, we can conclude that there are a total of 33 sports in the 2021 Summer Olympics. These sports are categorized into three groups: aquatics, athletics, and rotational. There are a total of 17 disciplines within these sports.