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27 July 2021 • General

Tokyo 2020 | Athletics NZ Fan Guide

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games officially began on Friday 23 July, with the athletics programme starting this coming Friday, 30 July.

Thirteen athletes will represent New Zealand across ten disciplines (shot put, hammer throw, high jump, 1500m, 5000m, 10,000m, marathon, 50km race walk).

Dame Valerie Adams and Nick Willis will compete in their fifth Olympics, while Julia Ratcliffe, Lauren Bruce, Maddi Wesche, Hamish Kerr, Camille Buscomb, Malcolm Hicks and Sam Tanner will make their Games debuts.

Tom Walsh and Jacko Gill make up two of four shot putters who will don the black singlet inside the Tokyo Olympic Stadium, while Quentin Rew and Zane Robertson, along with Malcolm Hicks, quest for Olympic success will take place in Sapporo, over 1000km north of Tokyo.

Don’t miss a minute of the action. Below is Athletics NZ’s guide to the Games – read on to find out how to follow and support our athletes!

How to Watch

Watch on Sky Sport TV or stream on Sky Sport Now for a one-off payment of $24.99.

Sky is the official broadcast partner of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. With 12 channels of Olympic Games coverage, you’ll be able to catch all the athletics action plus all your other favourite Olympic events.

TVNZ 1 will also bring you all the Kiwi moments that matter from the Games, with extensive free-to-air coverage daily.

Stay Connected

Keep up to date with all the latest news via our dedicated Olympic Games webpage – featuring athlete bios, schedules, stories and results.

Check it out here.


Don’t miss a moment of our Kiwis in action. The Olympic Games athletics programme runs from Friday 30 July to Sunday 8 August.

Head to our website for the full New Zealand athletes schedule.


Stay tuned to our Instagram and Facebook for real-time updates.

Instagram | @athleticsnz
Facebook | /AthleticsNZ

NZ Team App

Follow the team in Tokyo by downloading the NZ Team App!

The app lets you send athletes pulses of support, as well as access lots of useful features including Games highlights, watchlist your favourite sports to get notifications, medal tally, and much more!

Share Your Support

Head to our Instagram to send us your messages of support for our athletes. Wish them good luck, send us pictures of where you’re watching and how you’re celebrating, and don’t forget to tag us @athleticsnz and use the hashtag #AthleticsNZ!