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Totally Tokyo

Travel tips for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, plus how to catch the action at home.

A beehive of activity has been stirring in Japan since Tokyo was selected in September 2013 to host the Summer Olympic Games and Paralympic Games later this year. Equestrian sports fans will notice a flurry of excitement on the home front as well, since observation of horses and riders as potential team candidates is under way.

The teams chosen to represent each country should be announced no later than late June or early July.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will run July 24–August 9, and the Summer Paralympics will span August 25–September 6; both will include equestrian athletes.

According to the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI, the international governing body for equestrian sport), over 11,000 Olympic athletes and around 4,400 Paralympic athletes are expected in Tokyo. The total number of equestrian and para-equestrian athletes will be 60 in dressage, 65 in eventing, 75 in jumping and 78 in para-dressage.

The main arena at Baji Koen Equestrian Park seats 9,300 spectators (shown here at the August 2019 test event).
Andrew Hoy rides Bloom des Hauts Crets at the Tokyo test event in August 2019 to put the Sea Forest crosscountry course through its paces.
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