How to Watch Tokyo Olympics in the UK: TV Channel, Apps, Live Stream
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After the whirlwind that was the Euros 2020, it’s time for yet another iconic sporting event: the Olympics. After fears earlier in January that localised outbreaks in Japan might cause further delay, the tournament is finally happening, and will take place from July 23 to Aug 8.
Prior to the pandemic, the games have only ever been canceled because of world wars, so when it was announced in March 2020 that the event would be postponed by one year it was an unprecedented moment in Olympic history. The date isn’t the only change; no spectators, either local or foreign, will be allowed at the venues, due to Tokyo’s coronavirus state of emergency.
It’s going to be very different from Rio 2016, but Tokyo will certainly be a memorable event in sporting history. Here’s how you can make sure you witness all of the action in the UK.
Which UK Networks Will Be Showing The Olympics 2021?
On TV, you’ll be able to catch the Olympics on the BBC and Eurosport. The BBC always goes all out with its coverage of the Olympics - and best of all that means you can tune in for FREE.
If you're not in front of a TV, BBC iPlayer is the best way to live stream Tokyo 2020. As a national broadcaster, it doesn't cost a pnny to stream if you're located in the UK (though you should possess a valid TV license), Bustle reported.
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If you're already a subscriber, you can also watch the Olympics via Eurosport and its Eurosport Player streaming service, which costs £6.99 a month or £39.99 for the year.
According to Broadcast Now, BBC One and BBC Two will cover over 350 hours of the Games, and enlist a team of pundits including household sporting names like Michael Johnson, Chris Hoy, and Jessica Ennis-Hill. BBC’s coverage is expected to last from midnight to 9 p.m. It will be hosted by JJ Chalmers (midnight to 5 a.m.), Dan Walker and Sam Quek (5 a.m. to 9 a.m.), Hazel Irvine and Gabby Logan(9 a.m. to 3 p.m.), Jason Mohammad (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.), and Clare Balding and Alex Scott (7.30 p.m. to 9 p.m.). All shows on BBC One and BBC Two can be watched live or on-demand on iPlayer.
Ahead of the Olympics, the BBC has released a trailer to give you a taste of what’s to come.
Tokyo Olympics trailer (Video: BBC)
Olympics Start Date, Location
The Olympic games will start on July 23 and end on August 8. All the games are happening in Tokyo, Japan. This is the first time Tokyo is hosting the Summer Olympics since 1964. More than 200 countries will take part in the Olympics 2021 and compete in many games, such as athletics, badminton, basketball, football, swimming, tennis, water polo, and many more.
When is the Olympics Opening Ceremony?
The opening ceremony of the Olympics 2021 will take place on July 23 at 8 pm in Tokyo with worldwide coverage starting at 3:55 am PT/6:55 am ET. The theme of the Summer Olympics is United by Emotion.
Are there any new sports for 2020 Tokyo Olympics?
Six new sports and 15 new 'events' have been added to the Olympics program. The new sports are baseball, softball, karate, sport climbing, surfing, and skateboarding.
However, some of the new events we can look forward to include 3x3 Basketball, Madison Cycling, and Freestyle BMX, as well as new mixed-gender events in athletics, swimming, table tennis and triathlon.
Tokyo Olympics 2020 schedule and events
• Olympics Opening Ceremony - July 23
• 3x3 Basketball - July 24-28
• Archery - July 23-31
• Artistic Gymnastics - July 24 - August 3
• Artistic Swimming - August 2-7
• Athletics - July 30 - August 8
• Badminton - July 24 - August 2
• Baseball/Softball - July 21 - August 7
• Basketball - July 25 - August 8
• Beach Volleyball - July 24 - August 7
• Boxing - July 24 - August 8
• Canoe Slalom - July 25-30
• Canoe Sprint - August 2-7
• Cycling BMX Freestyle - July 31 - August 1
• Cycling BMX Racing - July 29-30
• Cycling Mountain Bike - July 26-27
• Cycling Road - July 24-28
• Cycling Track - August 2-8
• Diving - July 25 - August 7
• Equestrian - July 24 - August 7
• Fencing - July 24 - August 1
• Football - July 21 - August 7
• Golf - July 29 - August 7
• Handball - July 24 - August 8
• Hockey - July 24 - August 6
• Judo - July 24-31
• Karate - August 5-7
• Marathon Swimming - August 4-5
• Modern Pentathlon - August 5-7
• Rhythm Gymnastics - August 6-8
• Rowing - July 23-30
• Rugby Sevens - July 26-31
• Sailing - July 25 - August 4
• Shooting - July 24 - August 2
• Skateboarding - July 25-26, August 4-5
• Sport Climbing - August 3-6
• Surfing - July 25 - August 1
• Swimming - July 24 - August 1
• Table Tennis - July 24 - August 6
• Taekwondo - July 24-27
• Tennis - July 24 - August 1
• Trampoline Gymnastics - July 30-31
• Triathlon - July 26-31
• Volleyball - July 24 - August 8
• Water Polo - July 24 - August 8
• Weightlifting - July 24 - August 4
• Wrestling - August 1-7
• Olympics Closing Ceremony - August 8
When is Olympics 2021 Football?
Take a look at the full football schedule at the Tokyo Olympics. The matches are in Japanese time so don’t miss out on the live action.
• Start date: Wednesday, July 21 at 16:3o
• End date: Saturday, August 7 at 20:30
When is Olympics Swimming?
Take a look at the complete breakdown of Olympic swimming that will be happening in July 2021:
• Start date: Saturday, July 24
• End date: Sunday, August 1
When is Olympics Gymnastics?
All times mentioned below are in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT):
• Start date: Friday, July 23 at 9 p.m.
• End date: Tuesday, August 3 at 4 a.m
When is the Olympics Track and Field?
Find the Track and Field Olympic schedule below:
• Friday, July 30: Men’s 10,000m final
• Saturday, July 31: Women’s 100m final
• Sunday, Aug. 1: Men’s 100m final
• Monday, Aug. 2: Women’s 100m hurdles final
• Tuesday, Aug. 3: Men’s 400m hurdles final
• Wednesday, Aug. 4: Men’s 200m final
• Thursday, Aug. 5: Men’s shot put final, men’s triple jump, women’s pole vault
• Friday, Aug. 6: Men/women 4x100m relays final
• Saturday, Aug. 7: Women’s marathon. Men/Women’s 4x400m relay final.
• Sunday, Aug. 8: Men’s marathon.
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Olympics 2021 Athletes to Watch This Summer
The following are a few names you can look out for in the Tokyo Olympics, who are known for their sheer talent and ability to perform:
• Simone Bile, United States (gymnastics)
• Serena Williams, United States (tennis)
• Simone Manuel, United States (swimming)
• Allyson Felix, United States (track and field)
• Justin Gatlin, United States (track and field)
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