Toronto – In many ways, this will be an Olympic sport unlike any other.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no fans in the stands, no room for families of Olympians, and strict restrictions on what athletes can do when they are not competing. Even the medal ceremonies would seem unfamiliar, with athletes told to put their medals around their necks.
Many changes have also been made in the sports program. Baseball and softball are returning after a 12-year absence, while karate, the sports climbing, surfing and skateboarding have all been added to the roster for 2020.
Meanwhile, some of the top athletes in recent memory will be notable by their absence from Tokyo. Swimmer Michael Phelps and track star Usain Bolt both retired after the 2016 Games, while a number of athletes in basketball, tennis and other sports – including Serena Williams and Bianca Andreescu – have announced they will participate due to COVID-19 concerns. will not have.
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Canada is sending about 370 athletes to Tokyo, with high hopes for the country’s largest Summer Olympic delegation since the 1984-Soviet Boycott Games. Canadian athletes had won 22 medals in Rio five years earlier – tied for the second most since 1984. – Including four gold.
For those who want to cheer on Team Canada and enjoy the spectacle of the world’s greatest athletes competing in one place, Granthshala.ca has put together a day-to-day schedule for the (slightly delayed) 2020 Summer Olympics. Compiled viewing guide.
Note that most events take place between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. EDT / 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. PDT. All times listed below are EDT.
July 20-22: The opening ceremony takes place on 23 July, but in some games the competition starts early. Canada last finished fourth on the Olympic roster in softball 2008, and are looking to get off to a good start against Mexico (July 21, 2 p.m.) and the hardcore United States team (July 21, 8 p.m.). Our women’s soccer team, a bronze medalist in the last two games, will be led again by Christine Sinclair when they kick off against Japan (July 21, 6:30 a.m.). Rowing and archery competitions are going on on the evening of 22 July.
23 July: Begin your day with the opening ceremony (7 a.m.), during which women’s basketball player Miranda Ayam and men’s rugby sevens player Nathan Hirayama will lead the Canadian delegation to the Olympic Stadium. On Friday night, kick back and enjoy the start of the men’s gymnastics competition (9 p.m.), followed by the first medal performance – a shooting event (9:45 p.m.) and the men’s cycling road race (10 p.m.).
24 July: Canada is considered the medal favorite in beach volleyball. Sarah Wind of Kitchener, Ont. and Toronto’s Melissa Humana-Paredes won gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2019 World Championships, and started her campaign against the Netherlands (12 pm). Our women’s water polo team begins its medal campaign against Australia (2:20 a.m.), while the women’s soccer team faces Chile (3:30 a.m.) and half a dozen gold medals in judo (4:30 a.m.). hrs) are assigned. . The evening marks a new day in Japan, beginning with the first ever Olympic surfing event (6 pm) and the first women’s gymnastics qualifiers (9 pm) and the men’s 400m individual medley (9:30 pm). There is a swimming medal competition. . Next is the women’s 4x100m swimming relay (10:45), in which Canada won the bronze medal in 2016.
25 July: Qualifiers in boxing, beach volleyball, gymnastics and other sports are run early in the morning, as in the women’s cycling road race (12 a.m.). The first diving medal goes to the winners of the women’s three-meter springboard synchro event (2 p.m.), and the qualifying heats begin in the 100 meter backstroke (7:20 a.m.), one of the men’s swimming events. Come back later in the day for the men’s triathlon (5:30 p.m.) and the first match for Hirayama and his Rugby Sevens crew (8:30 p.m.). Later in the evening, medal events include a succession of women’s and men’s swimming finals – starting with the women’s 100 m butterfly (at 9:30), in which Toronto’s Penny Oleksiyk won silver the previous time, and London’s. K Maggie McNeil, Ont. Won the World Championships in 2019 – and the women’s skateboarding final for the first time (11:25 p.m.).
26 July: Canada will compete for medals in two events at once – the men’s 10-meter platform synchronized diving (2 a.m.) and the men’s cross-country mountain bike race (2 a.m.). Ayim and the rest of the Canadian women’s basketball team begin their campaign with a match against Serbia (at 4:20 am). Before the day ends in Japan, the first gymnastics medal will go to the winners of the men’s team event (6 a.m.), and Canada’s youngest Olympian – 14-year-old Toronto swimmer Summer McIntosh – will see her first action in the 200-metre. Freestyle Heat (6 a.m.). It is the women’s triathlon that begins the next round of events (5:30 p.m.), and medalists are also interested in the quadruple sculls rowing final (9 p.m.) and another night of the swimming final (9:45 p.m.) Might be possible. Including the men’s and women’s 100 meter backstroke competitions, where Kylie Massey of LaSalle, Ont. Rio would be hoping to do better with a bronze medal.
July 27: Canada’s medal hopes begin with the women’s 10m platform synchronized diving final (2 p.m.). Meghan Benefito of Montreal won a bronze medal at the event in 2016 and is back with a new partner; Callie McKay of Calgary replaced the retired Roseline Fillion. The morning program also includes medal events in canoeing (3 a.m.), horseback riding (4: a.m.), women’s team gymnastics (6:45 a.m.) and women’s softball (7 p.m.), while Canada’s women’s football team Great Britain (7:45 a.m.) ) plays with. am). Highlights of the evening included the first medals awarded in surfing (7 p.m. women, 7:45 p.m. men), multiple medal events in rowing (starting at 8:15 p.m.), and the men’s 4×200 freestyle swimming relay final (11:15 p.m.). 25) are included. afternoon).
28 July: This time only one medal event, the men’s three meter synchronized springboard diving final at 2 pm. If the men’s rugby sevens team is successful, they will either play for bronze (4:30 am) or gold (5 am) this morning. Early risers are also interested in first-time gold medal matches in men’s individual all-around gymnastics finals (6:15 a.m.) and three-on-three basketball (women’s at 8:55 a.m., men at 9:25 a.m.) Might be possible. am). The first round of the men’s golf tournament begins in the evening (6:30 pm); Other later highlights include the first match for our women’s rugby sevens team (8:30 p.m.), which won bronze in Rio, and Pavan and Humana-Paredes in their final round-robin competition (10 p.m.) in Switzerland. encountered.
29 July: The canoeing schedule resumes with the women’s C1 final (2:45 AM), but otherwise only early morning medal events shooting (1:30 AM), judo (4:30 AM) and fencing (5:30 AM). ) occurs in. . As the day progresses in eastern North America, the women’s individual all-around gymnastics final takes place (6:50 a.m.), as does the gold medal match in women’s table tennis (8 a.m.). Track and field – or, in Olympic parlance, “athletics” – activity begins later in the day, with the first qualifier in the men’s steeplechase (8 p.m.). It’s a big night for rowing fans (at 9 p.m.), with the women’s eight and men’s eight finals, and another four medal events in swimming (9:40 p.m.) – including the women’s 100 m freestyle (at 9:40 p.m.). 10 p.m.), which Oleksiyak won in 2016. There are also BMX racing finals (men at 10:40 pm, women at 10:50 pm).
30 July: Two-time gold medalist in her sport’s history, Rosie McLennan of King, Ont., will try to defend her trampoline crown on this day (12 a.m. final, 1:45 a.m. qualifier). Other early highlights include medal events in men’s K1 canoe slalom (3:30 a.m.) and women’s archery (3:30 a.m.). The women’s football quarter-finals begin in the morning (5 a.m.), and medals are awarded in men’s doubles tennis (7 a.m.), men’s 10,000 meters (at 7:30 a.m.) and men’s table tennis (8 a.m.). . Friday evenings began with a mixed triathlon relay (6:30 pm); Other notable events included qualification in the men’s pole vault (8:40 pm) and another round of swimming finals (9:30 pm), which included a mixed 4×100 relay event for the first time.
31 July: Medal events are underway in boxing (12:40 a.m.) and sailing (1:30 p.m.), while in gymnastics, it’s time for the men’s trampoline final (1:50 a.m.). It is also gold medal time for the women’s rugby sevens (5 a.m.). Along with swimming, track and field is introducing mixed events this year, including a mixed 4×400 relay race (8:35 a.m.). Saturday morning also brings the final in the women’s 100 meters (8:50 a.m.). The final round of the men’s golf tournament begins with evening action (6:30 p.m.) while our women’s basketball team has a big match against Spain (9 p.m.). It is one of the few evenings running alongside athletics and swimming; The highlight of the night may be the women’s and men’s 4×100 medley relay (10:15 p.m.) in the pool. If that wasn’t enough, it’s also the night of the gold medal match in men’s tennis (11 p.m.).
August 1: The women’s three meter springboard diving competition (2 p.m.) has finals as well as early morning medal events in badminton, rowing and women’s doubles tennis. Canada’s most ornate diver Jennifer Abel finished fourth in the event in 2016 and won a bronze medal in 2012. It is also a busy morning for gymnastics, with the finals of the men’s floor exercise (4:55 a.m.), the women’s vault. Men’s pommel horse (5:45 a.m.) and women’s uneven bar (6:25 a.m.). In athletics, medals will be awarded in the men’s high jump (6:10 a.m.) – defending champion Derek Drouin of Sarnia, Ont. Not participating due to injury – and women’s triple jump (7:20 a.m.)…