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Tokyo 2020 confirms competition schedule for Games in 2021

Mixed relay debut part of Tokyo "Super Saturday" celebration

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The Olympic and Paralympic Games line up stays pretty much the same – just a year later, according to the Tokyo Organizing Committee.

The men’s individual triathlon event will take place on Monday, July 26 2021 at 6:30 am (5:30 pm, July 25 EST), with the women’s race scheduled for the same time on the 27th. The debut of the Mixed Relay is scheduled for July 31 at 7:30 am (6:30 pm, July 30 EST).

Tyler Mislawchuk celebrates the win at the ITU World Triathlon Olympic Test Event in Tokyo. Photo: ITU Media | Delly Carr

The triathlon will take place at Odaiba Marine Park, the same venue used for last year’s Tokyo Test Event won by Canada’s Tyler Mislawchuk.

The Mixed Relay will be part of what’s being dubbed “Super Saturday,” which will include 21 medal events. In addition to triathlon’s mixed race, judo and shooting trap will also have mixed team events that day.

Jessica Tuomela and guide Marianne Hogan win at the Tokyo ITU Paratriathlon World Cup in 2019. Photo: ITU Media | Delly Carr.

Paralympic triathlon schedule

The Paralympic triathlon will also take place at Odaiba Marine Park. On Saturday, August 29 between 6:30 and 11 am will see the men’s PTS4 and PTVI, along with the women’s PTS2 and PTVI races. On Sunday, August 30 during the same time frame we’ll see the men’s and women’s PTWC and PTS5 competitions.

The press release from World Triathlon ends with the ominous reality that “The competition schedule may be subject to change.”

As the New York Times reported in May, “The 2021 Games are anything but a slam dunk,” as the world continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and many countries remain closed to travel. In a interview we posted earlier this month, Triathlon Australia CEO Miles Stewart pointed out that Australian airline Quantas has said that it won’t run any international flights until at least May, 2021.