Each day, The Inner Sanctum will break down the events to watch and why (all times AEST).
Each night, catch up with recaps of all the day’s events and check out our live blog to follow along.
Surfing – Irukandji debut in the Heats
In its Olympic debut, Surfing will be an exciting watch on Sunday as Australia’s surfing team The Irukandjis hit the waves at Tsurigasaki Surfing Beach.
Men’s Heats (9:20am): The Australian men will be in action from 9:20am with Julian Wilson in Heat 3, followed by Owen Wright in Heat 4 at 10:00am. Surfing heats continue throughout the day, with Round 2 of the Men’s Heats from 2:40pm.
Women’s Heats (12:00pm): Medal favourites Sally Fitzgibbons and Stephanie Gilmore headline the line-up in the Women’s Surfing event. Fitzgibbons will start in Heat 2 at 12:00pm, while Gilmore will follow in Heat 3 at 12:40pm. Both are likely to make it through to the Round 2 heats from 4:00pm.
Women’s Hockey – Australia v Spain (11:00am)
Pushing for a medal for the first time since the Sydney Olympics in 2000, the Hockeyroos’ Tokyo campaign gets underway against Spain.
Emily Chalker is back for her third Olympics. Watch out for the striker in the circle, as she looks to help Australia open its account with a win.
Softball – Australia v United States (11:00am)
The Aussie Spirit will be out to even up their ledger when they face undefeated United States.
Australia suffered its second loss of the tournament, going down to Canada 7-1, and will need to return to the winners list against the United States if it is to earn a place in the bronze medal match.
Swimming – Men swim 400 metres (11:30am)
400m Individual Medley Final (11:30am): Brendon Smith will be back to swim for the chance to be Australia’s first swimming medal of Tokyo 2020. He was the fastest qualifier.
400m Freestyle Final (11:50am): Elijah Winnington and Jack McLoughlin tied for a dead heat to win their heat. They have both qualified for the final, and will be hoping to defend the Australian title (even if its held by Mack Horton, who isn’t competing in the event at Tokyo 2020).
Swimming – Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay Final (12:45pm)
The Aussies have held a mortgage over this Olympic medal in recent years, and own the previous World Record, set in 2018 at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. In the heats, they reminded everyone why, as the Australian team, without Cate Campbell or Emma McKeon, blitzed the heat to win by almost two seconds.
With those two additions, Australia is expected to take home gold in the final, and secure relay bragging for another four years.
Cycling – Women’s Road Race (2:00pm)
After the excitement that was the Men’s Road Race today, the same expectations will apply to the women. Tiffany Cromwell, Amanda Spratt, Grace Brown and Sarah Gigante will attempt to bring home a gold medal in the Road Race.
The race will ride through the picturesque area around Mount Fuji, before finishing on the Fuji Speedway. All eyes will be on the Dutch team, who come in with the two favourites for the race.
Women’s Beach Volleyball – Australia v Cuba (1:00pm)
Exciting Australian pair Mariafe Artacho de Solar and Taliqua Clancy will hit the sand and open their campaign in Beach Volleyball. The duo is in action against Lidianny Echevarria Benitez and Leila Consuelo Martinez Ortega from Cuba.
These teams played earlier this year on the World Tour in Cancun, where the Australian pair won on their journey to the title. It’ll be important for the Australians to gain confidence with an early win, as they aim to progress through the group stage.
Men’s Skateboarding – Street Finals (1:25pm)
The first ever Olympic medals for Skateboarding will be awarded. American Nyjah Huston and Japan’s Yuto Horigome and Sora Shirai will be hoping to write their names in the record books as the first Skateboarding Gold Medalist.
Shane O’Neill will be carrying Australian hopes after previous World Championships and Games success in 2016 and 2017.
Men’s Waterpolo – Australia v Montenegro (5:30pm)
The Sharks open their campaign against Montenegro. With a tough group including Croatia, Serbia, Spain and Kazakhstan, wins will be vital. Aiming to continue the momentum of their FINA World Championship results in 2018 and 2019, the Sharks have high hopes for Tokyo 2020.
They will aim to get the competition off to a strong start, and will be led by Richard Campbell and Rhys Howden at Tokyo 2020.
Men’s Basketball – Australia v Nigeria (6:20pm)
The Boomers get their pursuit of a first Men’s Basketball medal underway. After taking on Nigeria in an exhibition match two weeks ago, and defeating them by 39 points, the Boomers will be full of confidence.
Led by flagbearer Patty Mills, and defensive wunderkind Matisse Thybulle, the Boomers will challenge the talented Nigerians both offensively and defensively.
Men’s Hockey – India v Australia (7:30pm)
The Kookaburras opened with a 5-3 win over host nation Japan. They were challenged by Japan in the second quarter, but the relatively inexperienced team found a way to take the win.
India also had an ideal start with a 3-2 win over New Zealand.
This is an important match for Australia to keep on top of Group A, as it looks to move comfortably through the preliminary stage to the knockout matches.
Men’s Football – Australia v Spain (8:30pm)
The Olyroos shocked the world on Thursday night with a 2-0 victory over Argentina. Lachie Wales scored in the 14th minute after an attacking start, and the win was capped off with magnificent strike off the boot of Marco Tilio in the 80th minute.
Australia is back in action against Spain, who was underwhelming in a nil-all draw with Egypt in its first game, trying to remain on top of its pool.
Swimming – Aussie Queens of the Pool (8:14pm)
Women’s 100m Backstroke (8:14pm): Current World Record holder Kaylee McKeown will hit the pool for her first event in Tokyo. McKeown, along with Emily Seebohm (Olympic Record holder from London 2012) will feature in Heat 6 as they target a qualifying time for the final.
Women’s 100m Breaststroke (8:43pm): Two Olympic debutants will be racing for a place in the semi-final of the 100m Breaststroke. Jessica Hansen and Chelsea Hodges will swim Heat 4 and Heat 5 respectively, after exciting performances at the Australian Olympic Trials.
Women’s 400m Freestyle (9:24pm): Australia’s distance queen Ariarne Titmus will be in action in the heats of the 400m Freestyle, racing alongside fellow Aussie Tamsin Cook in Heat 4. Titmus’ biggest rival for Gold, World Record holder Katie Ledecky, will race in Heat 3 at 9:18pm to secure a spot in Monday morning’s final.