Major sports events in Australia in 2020
Leading up to the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, Australia will host a number of international sports competitions in 2020, including tennis and wheelchair rugby. These are great opportunities to see Tokyo Olympians and Paralympians in advance! Keep an eye on the event list below, featuring competitions of interest to both Australian and Japan.
Australian Open tennis
Date: 20 January – 2 February
Venue: Melbourne Park
The first of the four tennis Grand Slams held each year, alongside the French Open, Wimbledon and US Open. Naomi Osaka from Japan, and Ashleigh Barty from Australia are expected to play.
Summer Down Under Wheelchair Road Racing Series
Date: 20-26 January
Venue: Canberra, Sydney
The highest-profile wheelchair sporting event in Australia. The Series has grown from a single road race to an international competition, with both elite Australian and international athletes competing in track and road events in January each year.
ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open
Date: 13-16 February
Venue: Royal Adelaide Golf Club
Australia’s most prestigious female golf event. Part of the LPGA Tour and ALPG Tour. A Golf Australia event. In 2019, Haru Nomura from Japan finished fourth while Hannah Green and Sarah Kemp from Australia shared tenth place.
World Cup Gymnastics Melbourne
Date: 20-23 February
Venue: Melbourne Arena
A top-tier event and 2020 Olympic qualifier. Melbourne will host this event for the entirety of the 2020 Olympic cycle for both Men’s and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics.
BMXA National Championships/ Oceania BMX Championships
Date: 23-28 March
Venue: Launceston BMX Club, Tasmania
The biggest event on the Australian BMX calendar will bring riders from around the country together to compete for a national title. Australian Kai Sakakibara and his sister Saya are aiming for Tokyo 2020.
GIO Wheelchair Rugby National Championship
Date: 29-31 May
Venue: Gold Coast Sport & Leisure Centre
The premier wheelchair rugby event in Australia featuring teams from across the country. Steelers Captain Ryley Batt recorded a huge achievement with his 300th game representing Australia at the 2019 World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge in Tokyo.
Hancock Prospecting Australian Swimming Trials
Date: 14-19 June
Venue: SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre
Qualifiers for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. Australia has a history of outstanding results in swimming; 3 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympics, and 9 gold, 10 silver, 10 bronze at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.
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