The first softball and football events began on Wednesday, July 21 in Tokyo, but the official starting signal for these extraordinary Games will be given this Friday. The opening ceremony begins at 1 p.m. French time – it will then be 8 p.m. in Japan (1). Only flag bearers and athletes already present in the Olympic Village will be able to parade in the stadium behind closed doors.
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The event promises to be particularly sober, pandemic obliges. Emmanuel Macron will attend, three years before the Paris Games. He should find the Japanese emperor Naruhito.
Cycling at the foot of Mount Fuji
After the start of the rowing and archery events on Friday, road cycling will liven up the first weekend: the men’s and women’s road races take place on Saturday (start at 4 a.m.) and Sunday (at 4 a.m.) respectively. 6 hours), on a steep circuit that leads to the foot of the mythical Mount Fuji.
In fencing, the individual saber and epee finals are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday from 1.45 pm French swordsman Yannick Borel is particularly eagerly awaited. In judo, the national sport in Japan, the lightest weights will compete on the tatami mats. The bouts for the gold medal will take place at 11 a.m.
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Swimming begins its Olympic week on Saturday, before a series of finals on Sunday starting at 3.30 a.m.: 400m medley, 400m freestyle men and the 4x100m freestyle relay, in which France hopes to shine. .
France – United States in basketball
As for team sports, make way for the group stages. The French handball players face Argentina at 4 am Saturday, the women’s team meets Hungary the next day at 2:30 pm In volleyball, the Blues will face the United States on Saturday at 2:45 pm Same poster the next day at 2 pm , but in a sport where the Americans hold the title: basketball.
All eyes will also be on skateboarding, which makes its Olympic debut on Sunday. A total of 30 medal packages are at stake over the weekend.