Test events for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

As the Tokyo olympics have been delayed until 2021 due to concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee have revised the dates for the test events for the Games, with the majority now taking place between March and May 2021.

The revised calendar includes test events for over 18 disciplines that will be represented at the main Olympics in Japan in 2021, which will take place at the venues to be used for the Games, including the revamped Tokyo Olympics stadium.

The content of the previously scheduled test events will be examined and reviewed with the collaboration of the International Federations and the recommendations of the 2020 Olympic Agenda to reduce costs and enhance efficiency, with new infection control measures implemented to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The Purpose of the Test Events

Test Events are sporting competitions organized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and usually held around a year in advance of an upcoming Olympics.

They allow the host country to check the readiness of the infrastructure for the events and resolve any issues before the start date, in order to allow for the smooth operation of the Games.

They also allow the althlethes to adjust to the playing conditions and make the necessary preparations to optimize their performance during the main events.

The test events for Tokyo 2020 will assess the readiness of the designated Olympic venues for each sporting discipline, including the effectiveness of the venue management, the technology that will be employed, and the workforce, with a particular focus on COVID-19 safety measures.

Branding for the Tokyo Olympics Tests

The official brand name for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics test events is “Ready Steady Tokyo”, taken from the term “ready, steady, go!” which is used to start the races.

While this branding aims to evoke the excitement felt throughout Japan as the Olympics draw nearer, the ‘Steady’ part of the name is also meant to symbolize the fact the Games are on track to be a well-organized and successful event despite the challenging conditions of the previous year.

The logo for the test events also aims to express confidence in the sporting competitions by using thick brushstrokes evocative of Japanese calligraphy to symbolize the movements of the athletes who will take place in the Games.

Olympic test events logo
Tokyo 2020 Olympics test events Logo

Updated Tokyo Olympics test event calendar for 2021

Some of the test events for Tokyo 2020 had already taken place prior to the postment of the Games due to COV1D-19 concerns in 2018 and 2019, including for disciplines including surfing, sailing, archery, weight lifting, rowing, tennis, badminton, and beach volleyball.

However, after the Olympics were delayed, many of the tests were subsequently postponed until early 2021, including testing for many aquatic and athletic disciplines.

As of December 11th, 2020, the updated Tokyo 2021 Olympics schedule for the test events is as follows:

DisciplinesEventDate/VenueOrganiser
FootballEmperor’s Cup JFA 99th Japan Football Championship1 Jan. 2020 Olympic StadiumJapan Football Association
BocciaBoccia Operational Test (tentative)29 Feb.-1 Mar. 2020 Ariake Gymnastics CentreThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
Sport ClimbingREADY STEADY TOKYO – Sport Climbing6-8 Mar. 2020 (The spare day on 8 Mar.) Aomi Urban Sports ParkThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
Aquatics (Artistic Swimming)FINA Artistic Swimming Olympic Games Qualification Tournament 20214-7 Mar. 2021 Tokyo Aquatics CentreFédération Internationale de Natation
Wheelchair RugbyOperational Test – Wheelchair Rugby3-4 Apr. 2021 Yoyogi National StadiumThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
Aquatics (Water Polo)Operational Test – Aquatics (Water Polo)10-11 Apr. 2021 Tatsumi Water Polo CentreThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
Aquatics (Diving)FINA Diving World Cup 202118-23 Apr. 2021 Tokyo Aquatics CentreFédération Internationale de Natation
RugbyOperational Test – Rugby22 Apr. 2021 Tokyo StadiumThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
Aquatics (Swimming)READY STEADY TOKYO – Aquatics (Swimming)24-25 Apr. 2021 Tokyo Aquatics CentreThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
Cycling (BMX Freestyle)READY STEADY TOKYO – Cycling (BMX Freestyle)24-25 Apr. 2021 (The spare day on 26 Apr.) Ariake Urban Sports ParkThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
Cycling (Track)READY STEADY TOKYO – Cycling (Track)25 Apr. 2021 Izu VelodromeThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
Para SwimmingREADY STEADY TOKYO – Para Swimming26 Apr. 2021 Tokyo Aquatics CentreThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
ShootingREADY STEADY TOKYO – Shooting26-30 Apr. 2021 Asaka Shooting RangeThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
SkateboardingREADY STEADY TOKYO – Skateboarding28-29 Apr. 2021 (The spare day on 30 Apr.) Ariake Urban Sports ParkThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
Volleyball (Volleyball)International Volleyball Games~Tokyo Challenge 2021~ (TBC)1-2 May. 2021 Ariake ArenaJapan Volleyball Association
Gymnastics (Artistic)2021 Artistic Gymnastics WORLD CUP TOKYO4 May. 2021 Ariake Gymnastics CentreFédération Internationale de Gymnastique
Athletics (Marathon)Hokkaido – Sapporo Marathon Festival 20215 May. 2021 Sapporo Odori ParkHokkaido – Sapporo Marathon Festival 2021 Committee
Gymnastics (Rhythmic)READY STEADY TOKYO – Gymnastics (Rhythmic)8 May. 2021 Ariake Gymnastics CentreThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
AthleticsREADY STEADY TOKYO – Athletics9 May. 2021 Olympic StadiumThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
Para AthleticsREADY STEADY TOKYO – Para Athletics11 May. 2021 Olympic StadiumThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
Basketball (3×3 Basketball)READY STEADY TOKYO – Basketball (3×3 Basketball)14-16 May. 2021 Aomi Urban Sports ParkThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games

Nevertheless, some of these dates may still change, as several aspects of the test events for 2021 are still under review. Those interested in tracking the progress of the test events should check this page periodically for any updates.

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