XXXII Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 general information, competition venues

From July 23 to August 8, approximately 11,000 athletes from 205 National Olympic Committees will perform in Tokyo. 

They will compete for 339 sets of medals in 33 sports – rowing, badminton, basketball, softball, boxing, wrestling, cycling, water polo, swimming, diving, synchronized swimming, volleyball, handball, golf, kayaking and canoeing, sports gymnastics, trampoline jumping, rhythmic gymnastics, judo, karate, equestrian sports, athletics, table tennis, sailing, rugby sevens, surfing, skateboarding, sport climbing, modern pentathlon, shooting, archery, tennis, triathlon, taekwondo , weightlifting, fencing, football and field hockey.

The competition calendar is available here.

In addition to the reconstruction of the existing sports facilities in Tokyo, the Ariake Gymnastics Center, the Olympic Aquatics Center, a rowing canal and a rowing slalom track were built specifically for the Olympic Games.

Participants in the Games of the XXXII Olympiad will be accommodated in the Olympic Village located on the Harumi Bulk Island in Tokyo Bay and equipped with a 5,000-seat dining room, entertainment areas, team meeting rooms, a clinic and an infectious diseases hospital. After the Games, the apartments will be sold.

Competitions will be held at 41 sports facilities. The key arenas of the upcoming competition are presented below:

Tokyo National Stadium (opening and closing ceremonies, athletics, football, rugby sevens)

photo 10-1 Kasumigaokamachi, Shinjuku-ku, TokyoPin

The arena was used as the main venue for the 1964 Summer Olympics, which also hosted the capital of Japan. It was reconstructed especially for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad. 

In the construction of the stadium, wood from all 47 prefectures of the Land of the Rising Sun was used. Its capacity is 68,000 seats.

Yoyogi National Stadium (handball)

photo 1-1, 2chome, Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, TokyoPin

The stadium was built to host water sports and basketball competitions as part of the 1964 Games. First of all, the arena is known for its unusual suspended roof. Its capacity for handball matches is 10.200 spectators.

“Nippon Budokan” (judo, karate)

This sports facility is considered the home of all Japanese martial arts. The arena was built for the 1964 Games judo competition. 

By the way, The Beatles became the first foreign group to perform at Nippon Budokan. Currently, 11,000 fans can watch the competition from the stands.

Tokyo Sports Palace (table tennis)

Built in 1954 for the World Freestyle Wrestling Championship. During the 1964 Olympic Games, he hosted competitions in artistic gymnastics and water polo. In 1991, the facility was reconstructed. 

The main hall, in which medals in table tennis will be awarded during the Games of the XXXII Olympiad, can accommodate up to 7,000 spectators.

Musashino Forest Park Sports Center (badminton, modern pentathlon)

photo 290-11, Nishimachi, Chofu-shi, TokyoPin

This 7,200-seat facility is located in a nearby suburb of Tokyo. During the Olympic Games, badminton and pentathletes will show the strongest at this multisport facility. 

But only in one discipline – fencing. Swimming, laser-wounding and jumping competitions will be hosted by Tokyo Stadium, located nearby and with a capacity of 48,000 spectators.

Ryogoku Kokugikan (boxing)

photo 3-28, 1chome, Yokoami, Sumida-ku, TokyoPin

The Ryogoku National Martial Arts Hall opened in 1985. The arena stands are designed for 7,300 people. The main purpose is to hold sumo competitions. 

The object is made in the shape of a bowl, which provides a good overview from any place in the auditorium. Concerts are also held here.

Ariake Arena (volleyball)

photo 11, 1chome, Ariake, Koto-ku, TokyoPin

The new multisport facility was built in the north of Tokyo specifically for the Olympic Games. During volleyball matches, the stadium can accommodate up to 15,000 fans. 

After the Games of the XXXII Olympiad, the arena will become the sports and cultural center of the Ariake area.

Sports Park “Ariake” ( BMX- freestyle, BMX- racing, skateboarding)

photo 7, 1chome, Ariake, Koto-ku, TokyoPin

The facility is located on a picturesque coastal close to the Olympic Village and the Tokyo International Exhibition Center, where the main press center for the Games will be located. 

Up to 6,600 fans will be able to watch the freestyle competitions, 7,000 sports fans will be able to watch the skateboarders’ battles, and the BMX race tournament – 5,000 spectators.

Ariake Tennis Park (tennis)

This complex provides indoor and outdoor courts, as well as the central area “Ariake Colosseum”, equipped with a retractable roof. The facility has been completely renovated and can now accommodate up to 19,900 tennis fans.

Gymnastics Center “Ariake” (artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline jumping)

photo 10-1, 1chome, Ariake, Koto-ku, TokyoPin

The arena with a capacity of 12,000 spectators was commissioned in the fall of 2019. Its distinctive feature is the roof and seats for spectators, made of wood. The larch used in the construction was brought from the cities of Nagano and Hokkaido.

Shiokaze Park (beach volleyball)

The temporary beach volleyball arena is located on the waterfront, which offers a beautiful view of the famous Tokyo Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Bay. On the days of the Games, the stands, equipped with special devices to combat the heat, will be able to receive 12,000 fans.

City sports park “Aomi” (basketball 3×3, rock climbing)

The temporary sports complex, located in the coastal area of ​​Aomi, is located near the Olympic Village right on the shores of Tokyo Bay. 

As conceived by the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, it should become a symbol of the IOC’s efforts to involve youth in the Olympic movement. 

The capacity of the facility for basketball 3 × 3 competitions is 7,100, and for rock climbing – 8,400 people.

Tokyo Forest Park Waterway (rowing, kayaking and canoeing)

The rowing canal is located near the center of Tokyo. After the Games of the XXXII Olympiad, it will be used for holding international competitions in rowing and canoeing, and will also become the best specialized facility in Asia. 

12,800 spectators will be able to watch the battles of canoeists and kayakers at a time, and 16,000 spectators will be able to watch the rowing tournament.

Kasai Rowing Slalom Center (Rowing Slalom)

photo 1-1, 6chome, Rinkaicho, Edogawa-ku, TokyoPin

This track will be the first artificial canal for rowing slalom in Japan. It was built from scratch on the territory adjacent to the park of the same name. 

After the 2020 Games, the facility will be used for various water sports and leisure activities. The temporary stands will have a capacity of 7,500 seats.

Olympic Aquatics Center (Swimming, Diving, Synchronized Swimming)

photo 2-1, 2chome, Tatsumi, Koto-ku, TokyoPin

The facility, located in the Tatsumi Seaside Park, was built specifically for the Olympic Games. The stands of the center are designed for 15,000 spectators. After the competition, its capacity will be reduced to 5,000 seats.

Center of water polo “Tatsumi” (water polo)

photo 8-10, 2chome, Tatsumi, Koto-ku, TokyoPin

The iconic sports facility was designed in 1990 and was to be Tokyo’s premier water sports venue. Its capacity is 4,700 spectators. Note that the arena is located in close proximity to the Olympic Aquatics Center.

“Makuhari Messe” (fencing, wrestling, taekwondo)

photo 2-1, Nakase, Mihama-ku, Chiba-shi, ChibaPin

The large-scale convention center located in Chiba has an area of ​​approximately 210,000 square meters. It consists of three main areas: an exhibition hall, a conference hall and a Makuhari concert hall. 

In the first of them, designed for 10,000 seats, wrestlers and taekwondo fighters will compete for medals. The second, which can accommodate 8,000 fans, contains fencers.

Izu Olympic Cycling Track (Track Cycling)

photo 1826, Ono, Izu-shi, ShizuokaPin

The indoor velodrome is located in the city of Izu and is ready to offer athletes a 250-meter wooden track, which fully complies with the requirements of the International Cycling Union (UCI). 

It is designed for 3,600 spectators. Note that athletes performing in this cycling discipline will live directly in this region.

Asaka Shooting Park (shooting)

photo 4, 9chome, Oizumigakuencho, Nerima-ku, TokyoPin

This facility hosted a shooters tournament as part of the 1964 Games. Especially for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad, a new temporary center was built in its place for holding competitions in clay pigeon shooting and bullet shooting, which can accommodate up to 3,000 spectators.

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