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Tokyo Olympics: Start Date, Sports Schedule, COVID-19 Cases, Watch

The Olympics are just around the corner. The Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony is only hours away and the Olympics are expected, despite COVID-19 cases have already been found in the sports village.

Some sports – like soccer – have already started, but the big events are all ahead of us. Here’s what you need to know …

It looks like the Olympics are definitely going to happen this year.

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When will the Tokyo Olympics take place?

The opening ceremony is scheduled for July 23rd and the closing ceremony is on August 9th.

What’s the schedule?

You can see the full, updated schedule here. From July 12th, the Games will include 33 competitions and 339 events at 42 venues.

Could the Olympic Games be canceled again?

Good question. Some reports said that some Japanese politicians openly believed in private that the Olympics should be canceled a second time. However, the IOC president denied this claim, saying he believed the Olympics would go absolutely as planned.

Japan is suffering from a surge in COVID-19 infections. Just under 30% of the Japanese population is at least partially vaccinated at the time of writing, and hundreds of thousands have signed a petition to cancel the Olympics. Even so, Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga believes Japan can hold a “safe Olympiad”.

As mentioned above, COVID-19 cases have already been detected in the sports village.

How will Japan protect the Olympics from COVID-19?

Japan is in the process of issuing logs to protect the Olympics. Those attending the Olympics must use the Japanese COCOA Exposure Notification app and be tested for COVID-19 every four days.

No vaccinations are required for Olympic athletes participating in the Games, but many countries ensure that all of their athletes are vaccinated before participating.

The IOC has published a series of “playbooks” for participants, staff and journalists covering the Olympic Games. If you’re curious, you can read them here.

Can the public attend the Olympics?

Tickets sold out initially for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, but as of now, viewers are banned from participating in the Tokyo and vicinity games. At events held outside of the emergency area (such as the marathon), spectators are allowed, but they are asked not to cheer for runners on the streets, the New York Times noted.

We know for sure that international viewers cannot participate. All foreign people got their tickets refunded.

Why isn’t it called Olympia 2021?

Another good question. Despite the fact that they will be held in 2021, these Olympics are still officially referred to as the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Tokyo Olympic Games logo

The logo is this checkered circle designed by Tokyo-based artist Asao Tokolo.



“This checkered design in the traditional Japanese color indigo blue expresses a refined elegance and sophistication that is an example of Japan,” explains the International Olympic Committee. The three different shapes within the pattern represent diversity, equality and excitement.

This is how you see the Olympics

The Olympics are back on NBC, with a 24/7 online stream if you confirm you’re a cable subscriber. NBCSports Gold will have a special Olympic package – pay an upfront fee and you can watch anywhere with no ads.

Tokyo is 16 hours ahead of the west coast, so watching it live should offer a good spread of events. It is a little trickier on the east coast, where you may have to rely on highlights.

US residents do not need a cable or satellite television subscription to watch the Olympics on NBC’s family of channels. NBC itself will be the main channel, but you’ll also find coverage on NBCN, CNBC, USA Network, Olympics Channel, Golf Channel and Telemundo. The mayor Live TV streaming services contain most or all of these NBC-related channels, and all contain NBC, although not in every market. The Olympics will also be streamed in 4K HDR on two of the services, FuboTV and YouTube TV. See below for details.

If you live in an area with good reception, you can watch NBC for free simply by calling affordable (under $ 30) indoor antenna to almost every television.

Peacock offers three tiers: a limited free plan and two premium plans. The premium ad-supported plan is $ 5 per month and the premium ad-free plan is $ 10 per month. Live coverage of the Olympics is available in free tier for all events except for the US men’s basketball games, which require one of the premium plans.

YouTube TV is $ 65 per month and includes NBC, NBCN, CNBC, USA Network, Olympics Channel, Golf Channel, and Telemundo. Enter your zip code on the welcome page to see what local networks are available in your area. Read our YouTube TV review.

To watch in 4K HDR, you’ll need to sign up for the company’s new 4K option, which costs an additional $ 20 per month on top of the regular $ 65 monthly rate – although there is a free 30-day trial available that is long enough to last through the entire Olympics. However, the 4K feed is not available in every market; here is the full list.

Hulu with live TV is $ 65 per month and includes NBC, NBCN, CNBC, USA Network, Olympics Channel, Golf Channel, and Telemundo. On the welcome page, click the “See Channels Near You” link to see which local channels are available in your zip code. Read our Hulu With Live TV Review.

FuboTV is $ 65 per month and includes NBC, NBCN, CNBC, USA Network, Olympics Channel, Golf Channel, and Telemundo. Click here to see which local channels you get. Read our FuboTV review.

Unlike YouTube TV, Fubo’s 4K coverage of the Olympics doesn’t cost anything extra. Unfortunately, it’s only available in five markets: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Boston.

AT&T TV’s base package for $ 70 per month includes NBC, NBCN, CNBC, USA Network, and Telemundo. You have to go for the $ 95-per-month plan, which also includes the Olympics Channel and the Golf Channel. You can use the channel finder tool to see what local channels are available in your area. Read our AT&T TV Now review

Sling TV’s $ 35 per month Blue plan includes NBC, NBCN, USA Network, and Olympics Channel. You can add CNBC and Golf Channel at an additional cost. Sling does not offer Telemundo. Sling only offers NBC in 11 major markets, so you won’t be able to live stream NBC unless you live in one of those areas. Read our sling TV review.

All of the above live TV streaming services offer free trials (except for Peacock which only has one free tier) and all of them allow you to cancel anytime and require a solid internet connection. Are you looking for more information? Check out our Guide to Live TV Streaming Services.

In the UK and Australia

The BBC will be broadcasting the games on TV, radio and online in the UK, and more through Eurosport, a pay-TV channel. The time difference there is eight hours, so you have to get up very early in the morning to watch live.

In Australia, the Seven Network will distribute free-to-air coverage on Channel Seven, 7Mate and 7Two. It’s a good year to see Down Under, with Sydney just an hour ahead of Tokyo.

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Which events are new?

There are six new or returning Olympic sports be attentive to something. Missing in London and Rio Men’s baseball and women’s softball are back in Japan due to their great popularity. Five nations will join the hosts and fight for gold on the diamond. (Just don’t ask me to explain how they qualify.) karate, Sport climbing, surfing and Skateboarding are also new to a “How do you do, kids?” Moved by the IOC. In the same direction Basketball adds a three-on-three tournament for eight nations. Rugby Sevens, a variant with seven players on each side, and golf return after the debut in Rio.

Where are the next Summer Olympics?

Paris will host the 2024 Summer Olympics after losing to London in 2012. The US gets a chance in 2028 when it gets to Los Angeles. The Olympia website has cool pages on all of the modern games that date back to Athens in 1896.

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