This years Olympic games will open on the 23rd July 2021 and run through to 8th August 2021. The paralympics then follow, commencing on 24th August. The games were postponed from 2020, because of the pandemic.
The games consist of 33 sports at 339 events across 42 venues. The Paralympics will feature 22 sports at 539 events across 21 venues.
New for 2021
This Olympic games will look slightly different from past editions. There will be a few new sports introduced for the first time, including sport climbing, surfing, skateboarding and karate, and previously included sports like baseball and softball are back.
Where can I watch it
Eurosport are the main European rights holders for broadcasting the Olympics, however, the BBC will still be covering the big moments across their channels. The Opening Ceremony will be live on BBC One, BBC Red Button and online. To view on Eurosport you will need a subscription. You can add it to your Sky, BT or Virgin contract or sign up to Eurosport Player for direct access.
Of course, here at Build & Fitness, we have a close interest in the running events. Running is a sport we can all relate to as we all have the ability to don a pair of trainers and tear up the pavement, no matter what our ability or experience. But seeing what these elite athletes can do, completely blows our mind!
The majority of the running events will take place in the stadium, which was used as the main stadium for the 1964 Olympic Games. This venue has now been completely rebuilt as a brand-new stadium, designed by eminent architect Kengo Kuma - for the 2021 Games. The only difference is that the marathon will take place in Sapporo.
The running specific events include the following for both men and women:
- 100 metres
- 200 metres
- 400 metres
- 800 metres
- 1500 metres
- 500 metres
- 10000 metres
- 110 metre hurdle
- 3000 metre steeple chase
We cannot wait to watch it and can imagine all running enthusiasts feel exactly the same. These types of events always inspire the wider population to get out and get active and so we hope that you will gain some inspiration from the different running events at the games this year.
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