‘Golden Slot’ Again for Badminton at Tokyo 2020

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, postponed to next year as a result of the COVID-19 ravaged sporting calendar, have finalised their new competition schedule.

The dates, announced during an International Olympic Committee (IOC) Virtual Session on 17 July by the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020), will see a record 33 sports and 339 events run from 23 July until 8 August 2021 across 43 venues.

Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee’s President Yoshiro Mori and CEO Toshiro Muto confirmed during the IOC Session that all 43 competition venues, the Olympic Village and the International Broadcast Centre and Main Press Centre are ready to be used for the rescheduled Games.

IOC President Thomas Bach said: “We are working to optimise the operations and services without touching on sports and athletes. In this way we can, together with the Organising Committee, turn these postponed Olympic Games into an unprecedented celebration of unity and solidarity of humankind, making them a symbol of resilience and hope. Showing that we are stronger together.”

Badminton, which would have started today at the Musashino Forest Sport Plaza, again features prominently on “Super Saturday” (31 July) and “Golden Sunday” (1 August), when huge stadium and global TV audiences are expected.

Group play stage for all five badminton categories begins on Saturday 24 July.

Badminton events on Super Saturday:

  • Men’s singles quarterfinals
  • Women’s doubles semifinals
  • Women’s singles semifinals
  • Men’s doubles bronze medal match
  • Men’s doubles gold medal match
  • Men’s doubles victory ceremony

Badminton events on Golden Sunday:

  • Men’s singles semifinals
  • Women’s singles bronze medal match
  • Women’s singles gold medal match
  • Women’s singles victory ceremony

The women’s doubles and men’s singles medal matches will wrap up badminton events on Monday 2 August.

Full schedule here.

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