Canada Canada at the Tokyo Olympics: Who’s competing, attending opening ceremony Friday
Chasing Gold: The Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony is finally here ... almost. What do we know?
The Tokyo Olympics officially begin Friday with the opening ceremony, the details of which still largely remain a mystery.Early birds can watch the event live at 6:55 a.m. ET on NBC, but anyone who doesn't want to wake up with the sun can watch a tape-delayed version at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Canadian athletes will begin competing in qualifying events in archery and rowing at theon Friday, which will culminate with an opening ceremony expected to look very different amid restrictions.
The day comes after Canada's softball team had a mixed two days in the opening rounds of competition, winning their first round-robin game against Mexico only to lose 1-0 to the United States on Thursday.
Tokyo Olympics Full TV & Streaming Schedule: How To Watch Everything, Including The Women’s Swimming & Woman’s Gymnastics Team Finals – Updated
UPDATED with schedule changes: NBCUniversal is airing programming from the Tokyo Olympic Games across a wide swath of its broadcast, cable and digital properties, the programming schedules for which are constantly shifting this year. Deadline is updating this list daily from multiple official sources. See schedule below for full event listings. NBCU’s Peacock streaming service launched a Tokyo Olympics destination on July 15 that features extensive live coverage of some the Games’ biggest events including Gymnastics, Track and Field and the U.S.’s pursuit of its fourth straight gold medal in Men’s basketball.
Here's where you can see Canada's athletes Friday, including when events will begin. All times are eastern standard time.
Archery - 8 p.m. ET Thursday
Stephanie Barrett of Mississauga, Ont., will be representing Canada in the women's individual ranking round, which begins at 8 p.m. ET at the Yumenoshima Ranking Field.
At midnight ET, Toronto native Crispin Duenas will compete in the men's individual ranking round, making his fourth Olympic appearance.
Rowing - 8 p.m. ET Thursday
Trevor Jones of Lakefield, Ont., will be competing in the fourth heat of the men's single sculls at 8 p.m. ET at the Sea Forest Waterway in Tokyo Bay.
At 9:10 p.m. ET, Hamilton's Carling Zeeman will compete in the fifth heat of women's single sculls.
At 10:10 p.m. ET, Gabrielle Smith of Toronto and Jessica Sevick from Victoria will compete in the women's double sculls in the second heat. The pair will be Canada's first double sculls team at an Olympics since the 1996 Games in Atlanta.
Tokyo Olympics Viewership Way Down From 2016, But Streaming Up For NBC
The primetime ratings for the opening ceremony at the Tokyo Olympics aren’t modeling the Games’ time-honored motto. They’re not being delivered faster, and they certainly aren’t stronger or higher. NBC said today its overall coverage of the opening night ceremonies from Tokyo drew 17 million viewers for its combined broadcast and streaming, based on preliminary figures. The company did not break out broadcast numbers separately. However, other news sources indicated the fast affiliate ratings at 10.4.
Opening ceremony - 7 a.m. ET Friday
The opening ceremony will kick off at 7 a.m. ET at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium.
The majority of Canada's Olympic team will not be in attendance for the opening ceremony at the Tokyo Games.
The Canadian Olympic Committee released a statement on Thursday saying a small contingent of 30 to 40 Canadian athletes will march into Olympic Stadium on Friday.
Athletes aren't allowed into the village until five days before they compete, so fewer Canadian athletes will physically be in the village.
Many of them will be too close to the start of their competition to file in behind flagbearers Miranda Ayim of the women's basketball team and men's rugby sevens co-captain Nathan Hirayama.
The Canadian squad is made up of 370 athletes -- the nation's largest since 1984.
The ceremony itself is expected to be a scaled-down affair, with just 950 people -- including only around 15 global leaders -- set to attend. Spectators have been barred from most Olympic events as COVID-19 cases surge in Tokyo.
Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion Carla Qualtrough will represent Canada at the opening ceremony.
IOC's Bach slips up and refers to Japanese as 'Chinese' .
TOKYO (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach referred to his Japanese hosts as Chinese when he appeared in public on Tuesday for the first time since arriving in Tokyo last week. Giving a pep talk at the headquarters of the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee, Bach's opening remarks were, “You have managed to make Tokyo the best-ever prepared city for the Olympic Games. This is even more remarkable under the difficult circumstances we all have to face.” Bach tripped over his words, referring to the “Chinese people” rather than “Japanese people.