A full year later than planned, the sports world gathers in Tokyo, with a hesitant host nation welcoming the best athletes on the planet for the Summer Olympics.

Organizers began planning the Tokyo Olympics more than a decade ago, when they started drawing up a bid they hoped would showcase a vibrant city and cement Japan’s standing on the global stage. But just four months before the curtain was set to be raised on their grand show, the fast-spreading coronavirus changed everything.

Here’s what to know about the Tokyo Olympics.

What to know

  • When do the Tokyo Olympics begin and what is the schedule?
  • How can I watch the Tokyo Games?
  • What are the most popular sports?
  • What are the new Olympic sports?
  • How will they keep athletes safe during the Olympics?
  • Will the Olympics look different?