Your ultimate guide to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Keep up to date with breaking news as well as tips on how to enjoy the Olympic Games either in Tokyo or around the world

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Japan is not afraid to break barriers. The first Asian nation to host the Summer Olympics and Paralympics, Japan's 1964 Tokyo Games help rebrand the country from a war-ravaged nation to a forward-thinking powerhouse. After hosting the Winter Olympics in Sapporo in 1972 and Nagano in 1998, the torch has again returned to Japan, making it the only Asian country to host the Summer Games twice. 

Unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic has made this Olympics a historic one for two unprecedented reasons. Firstly, the Games were postponed last year, but they're now running from July 23 to August 8 (the Paralympics will follow from August 24 to September 5). Secondly, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics are being held largely behind closed doors, with all events in the Greater Tokyo region having no spectators.

Nevertheless this is still an exciting time, whether you're in Tokyo or watching from elsewhere in the world. Here are all the Tokyo Olympic updates you need to stay on top of the world's biggest sporting event, happening right now in our beloved city.

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Live updates: Japan’s medal tally at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics
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Live updates: Japan’s medal tally at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Cheering for Team Japan? Keep tabs on the latest wins with our medal count

This man stands outside the Tokyo Olympic Village every day to motivate athletes
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This man stands outside the Tokyo Olympic Village every day to motivate athletes

Arriving around 7am each day, he’s become a viral sensation at the athletes’ village for his inspirational sign

Tokyo convenience stores are an unexpected champion at the Tokyo Olympics
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Tokyo convenience stores are an unexpected champion at the Tokyo Olympics

Gold for the konbini: visiting journalists are discovering the everyday joys of Japan’s ubiquitous convenience stores

Japan wins world’s first Olympic gold and silver medals in women’s skateboarding park
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Japan wins world’s first Olympic gold and silver medals in women’s skateboarding park

Sakura Yosozumi took gold while 12-year-old Kokona Hiraki won silver at the Tokyo 2020 skateboarding park event

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Sena Irie wins Japan’s first ever Olympic gold medal for women’s boxing
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Sena Irie wins Japan’s first ever Olympic gold medal for women’s boxing

Irie became the first female Japanese Olympic boxing champion, defeating Nesthy Petecio of the Philippines

Japan’s Daiki Hashimoto wins Olympic gold in men’s all-around gymnastics
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Japan’s Daiki Hashimoto wins Olympic gold in men’s all-around gymnastics

This is the athlete’s second medal in the Tokyo Olympic Games

Japan’s Yui Ohashi wins her second Olympic gold in swimming
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Japan’s Yui Ohashi wins her second Olympic gold in swimming

Ohashi took first place in women’s swimming 200m individual medley on day five of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Kanoa Igarashi and Amuro Tsuzuki win Japan’s first Olympic medals in surfing
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Kanoa Igarashi and Amuro Tsuzuki win Japan’s first Olympic medals in surfing

Team Japan takes a bronze and a silver in one of Tokyo 2020 Olympics' new sports

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How to enjoy the Tokyo Olympics

How to watch the Tokyo Olympics online for free
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How to watch the Tokyo Olympics online for free

In Japan, you can live-stream Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics events for free via these websites and TV channels

Where to get official Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic merchandise in Tokyo
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Where to get official Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic merchandise in Tokyo

Celebrate the Olympics with official merchandise like apparel, stationery, traditional crafts and much more

These Tokyo landmarks are lighting up for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics
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These Tokyo landmarks are lighting up for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Catch the Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo Skytree and more lit up in the colours of the Olympic rings

Watch: here’s what life is like for athletes in the Tokyo Olympic Village
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Watch: here’s what life is like for athletes in the Tokyo Olympic Village

Olympians on TikTok show us around the athletes’ village, complete with self-driving buses, a custom shoe store and more

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The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Cauldron is now on display in Ariake
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The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Cauldron is now on display in Ariake

Here’s where you can get a glimpse of the legendary Olympic flame

How to enjoy the Tokyo Olympics even when you can’t watch the Games in person
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How to enjoy the Tokyo Olympics even when you can’t watch the Games in person

Here are six on-ground and online events where you can rally for the world’s biggest sporting competition

Watch: international athletes are raving about the food at the Olympic Village
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Watch: international athletes are raving about the food at the Olympic Village

Tokyo 2020 Olympians from around the world are taking to TikTok to show off the quality dishes at the 24-hour dining halls

Watch: the amazing blue human pictograms at the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony
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Watch: the amazing blue human pictograms at the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony

This amusing performance stole the show with a fast-paced reenactment of 50 pictograms across 33 Olympic sports

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All you need to know about the Tokyo Olympics

6 Olympic venues you should visit in Tokyo
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6 Olympic venues you should visit in Tokyo

Our guide to the Tokyo venues where you can take in the Olympic spirit, whether you're here during or after the Games

15 things to know about Japan at the Olympics
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15 things to know about Japan at the Olympics

Here are some interesting facts and trivia about Japan’s participation in, and its contribution to, the Olympic Games

Explained: the extra layers of meaning behind the Tokyo Olympic victory bouquets
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Explained: the extra layers of meaning behind the Tokyo Olympic victory bouquets

The flowers are not chosen at random, and they're grown in parts of Japan devastated by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami

Watch these one-minute videos to learn about the four new Tokyo Olympic sports
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Watch these one-minute videos to learn about the four new Tokyo Olympic sports

Get a crash course on karate, sport climbing, skateboarding and surfing at the Tokyo Olympics

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In photos: take a look inside the sprawling Tokyo Olympic Village
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In photos: take a look inside the sprawling Tokyo Olympic Village

The 44-hectare athletes' village boasts a 24-hour dining hall, state of the art fitness centre, recyclable cardboard beds and more