Opals named to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics celebrate

Opals named to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics celebrate. Credit: Twitter/Basketball Australia

The Australian delegation for Tokyo 2020 is taking shape. This week, more than 100 athletes will be announced, joining the existing 149.

The Australian Olympic Team for Tokyo 2020 will look markedly different next week. At the moment, 149 athletes have been named, and given their boarding passes to the games.

This week, more than 100 names will be added to that list. Six sports are set to finalise their teams, and that doesn’t include athletics, where athletes are still qualifying every day ahead of the end of June deadline.

The Australian Rowing team, with 38 athletes to be named, will kick off the celebrations on Sunday 13 June. Australia has qualified 9 boats for the Olympics, including the headline events of men’s and women’s fours, quad sculls and eights.

The Australian Rowing team will be one of the largest teams going to the games.

As will Hockey, who will unveil their men’s and women’s squads (16 athletes each) on Monday 14 June.

The Kookaburras will take on Argentina, India, Japan, New Zealand and Spain in Group A. The Hockeyroos will face Argentina, China, Japan, New Zealand and Spain in Group B of the women’s competition.

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Australia’s competitors in the pool will also take further shape. Seven divers will be named on Tuesday, June 15th to compete in Tokyo 2020.

Australia’s Olympic cycling contingent will be finalised on Wednesday, with 7 athletes across BMX (Freestyle and Race) and Mountain Biking to join the eight road cyclists, and 14 track cyclists previously announced.

And on Thursday, June 17th, at the conclusion of the Australian Swimming Olympic Trials in Adelaide, the Dolphins will be named. It is expected that the Dolphins will carry the weight of expectations. At Rio 2016, the Dolphins won 10 of Australia’s 29 medals, including three of the eight gold medals.

The Australian Olympic Team will take shape over the next few weeks, as the seats on the plane to Tokyo 2020 fills up. It’s expected that more than 400 Australian athletes will be in Tokyo to represent Australia. There are a few big selection weeks ahead.

Check out all of The Inner Sanctum’s Olympic coverage here.

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