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Postponed for a year due to the health crisis, the 2020 Olympic Games will take place from July 24 to August 8. Please note, the first tests start on Wednesday July 21, with football and softball.
Friday July 23 (1 p.m.-4 p.m.): Opening ceremony
Always a highly anticipated moment, even if the event will take place behind closed doors for the first time. Clarisse Agbegnenou and Samir Aït-Saïd will be the French flag bearers.
Saturday July 24: The road race
Just six days after his victory in the Tour de France, Tadej Pogacar will be the favorite in the road cycling race (arrival expected around 10am in France). The Slovenian will have Primoz Roglic by his side. Their possible adversaries? Van Aert, Evenepoel, Valverde, Schachmann, Carapaz, Yates and why not the French, led by David Gaudu.
July 25-August 2: Swimming
So it will be swimming in the first week, then athletics at the end of the fortnight. The American Katie Ledecky, already five times Olympic champion at 24, should be one of the first stars of these Games.
Thursday July 29 (12:50 p.m.): The general competition of Simone Biles
Already considered one of the greatest gymnasts in history, if not the greatest, American Simon Biles won five medals in Rio, including four gold.
Friday July 30: Riner day
It is on July 30 that Teddy Riner will go in search of a third consecutive Olympic title, which would make him return a little more in the legend. The finals will take place from 10 a.m. (French time).
Sunday August 1 (3h30): The final of the 50m freestyle
As in Beijing in 2008, the swimming finals will take place in the morning in Tokyo, in order to be broadcast in the evening in the United States. For France, it gives finals in the middle of the night …
Sunday August 1: The tennis final
In the absence of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic will be the huge favorite of the tournament. In search of the calendar Grand Slam (he has already won the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon), the Serbian wants to add Olympic gold to his raid.
Sunday August 1 (2:50 p.m.): The 100m final
Who will succeed Usain Bolt? Since the Jamaican’s retirement, the 100-meter has been looking for a new boss who could be the American Trayvon Bromell, 9”77 this year.
Tuesday August 3 (12 p.m.): The pole vault final
The Swede Mondo Duplantis, indoor world record holder (6.18m), will be the big favorite. The French Renaud Lavillenie will dream of a medal.
Wednesday August 4-Thursday August 5: Kevin Mayer’s decathlon
World champion and world record holder, Kevin Mayer will be the big favorite in the decathlon. On its program, ten events, spread over two days, and as many traps.
Saturday August 7 (4:30 am): The basketball final
Following the course of the Americans in the basketball tournament has been a staple of the Olympic Games since 1992. This time, Team USA will be led by Kevin Durant. The final will take place at 4.30am French time, to be broadcast in prime time in the United States.
Sylvain Ripoll’s men are the first on the bridge in the tricolor camp at the Tokyo Games.
D-1 before the opening ceremony which will kick off the Tokyo Olympic Games. But the Olympics have indeed started this Wednesday with the women’s football and softball event. And this Thursday, it’s the men’s football tournament that starts.
Back to the Games after 25 years of absence, the France team launches its competition against Mexico. A meeting that Sylvain Ripoll’s men will have to negotiate well if they want to take an option on qualifying.
The kickoff of the match is scheduled for 10 a.m. and will be broadcast on Eurosport 1 as well as France 2.
The Blues will continue Sunday against South Africa and Wednesday against Japan. Remember that only the best two teams from each group will qualify for the quarter-finals of the Tokyo Olympic Games.
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