Sports Chasing Gold: The Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony is finally here ... almost. What do we know?

05:27  23 july  2021
05:27  23 july  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

Medal predictions for events at the Tokyo Olympics

  Medal predictions for events at the Tokyo Olympics TOKYO — Olympic medal predictions by AP beat writers: ___ ARCHERY Mixed Team Gold: South Korea Silver: India Bronze: United States Men’s Individual Gold: Brady Ellison, United States Silver: Kim Woojin, South Korea Bronze: Mauro Nespoli, Italy Women’s Individual Gold: Kang Chae Young, South Korea Silver: Deepika Kumari, India Bronze: An San, South Korea Men’s Team Gold: South Korea Silver: China Bronze: United States Women’s Team Gold: South Korea Silver: Taiwan Bronze: Mexico ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS Team Final Men Gold: ROC Silver: China Bronze: Japan Women Gold: United States Silver: ROC Bronze: China All-Around Men Gold: Nikita Nagornyy, ROC Silver: Sun Wei, China Bronze: Daiki H

The opening ceremony of the Olympic Games is usually a spectacular show, a chance for the host country to welcome the world and show off its culture on a grand international stage. As COVID-19 continues to spread, organizers have adjusted course with both the messaging and implementation of this summer's opening ceremony . And plenty of questions remain, even with the ceremony now barely one week away. Here 's everything we know about the opening ceremony so far.

TOKYO , July 22 (Reuters) - Tokyo Olympics organisers have fired the opening ceremony director on the eve of the event after reports emerged of a past joke he had made about the Holocaust, while media said former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a strong advocate of the Games, would also not attend. Earlier this year, the head of the Tokyo 2020 organising committee resigned after making sexist remarks, and the Tokyo Olympics creative head followed after he made derogatory comments about a popular Japanese female entertainer. Tokyo Games organisers fired Kentaro Kobayashi on Thursday

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a large city landscape: A view of Olympic Stadium, where the opening and closing ceremonies will be held. © Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports A view of Olympic Stadium, where the opening and closing ceremonies will be held.

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.

What do we know about this year's ceremony? Well, not much, really. Few questions have been answered about things like the number of athletes walking in the "Parade of Nations" or what the ceremony will consist of. The U.S. did announce on Wednesday that four-time Olympic gold medalist Sue Bird and dual Winter and Summer Olympian Eddie Alvarez will be the country's flag bearers.

Tokyo Olympics Viewership Way Down From 2016, But Streaming Up For NBC

  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.

Tokyo 2020's opening ceremony show director was dismissed Thursday, shortly after local media reported on anti-Semitic comments he made about the Holocaust in 1998. Comedian Kentaro Kobayashi would be dismissed for his past performance, which ridiculed "painful facts The opening and closing ceremonies ' music composer, Keigo Oyamada, resigned from his position after he was criticized for saying in interviews that he bullied classmates. The Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony is scheduled for Friday at 8 p.m. in Tokyo , but will be pared down in comparison to previous versions.

The Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony takes place on FRIDAY, with the action already underway: How to watch the event and the Games in full throughout a jam-packed schedule. The Tokyo Olympics is finally here as the action got underway on Wednesday. Team GB's women's football team beat Chile 2-0 in an impressive opener . It comes after the Games were pushed back by a year due to coronavirus. Though the action has started, the Opening Ceremony takes place on Friday.

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The opening ceremony is also without two of its top organizers – due to revelations of questionable actions from their pasts. The ceremony's director was fired Thursday for making light of the Holocaust in a past comedy routine. One of the creative team's music directors stepped down after backlash for bullying disable classmates as a child.

Elsewhere, American first lady Jill Biden arrived in Japan on Thursday. She'll attend the opening ceremony as one of a select group of foreign dignitaries to be present alongside International Olympic Committee members, diplomats and Olympic sponsors. No fans are allowed at the event.

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Tokyo Olympics Full TV & Streaming Schedule: How To Watch Everything, Including The Women’s Swimming & Woman’s Gymnastics Team Finals – Updated

  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.

Last April, fully 15 months ago, the president of the Tokyo organising committee, Yoshiro Mori, said planning for the opening ceremony was “ almost complete”. Three months earlier the ceremony ’s creative director, Mansai Nomura, had announced that he and his But it turned out that instead of being almost complete, those early plans have been almost completely rewritten – and by completely different people. Mori was forced out in February after complaining that women have an “annoying” habit of talking too much in meetings, while last December Nomura was replaced with advertising

Preparations for the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics have been thrown into further turmoil after the show’s director was sacked over a joke about the Holocaust he made in the late 1990s. Kentaro Kobayashi, a popular entertainer, was dismissed after a video clip resurfaced online of a skit in which he joked about a game he called “let’s play massacre the Jews”, prompting laughter in the audience. The Tokyo 2020 organising committee confirmed it had relieved Kobayashi of his duties.

Olympic action already underway: The USWNT was shutout by Sweden on Wednesday, but Team USA softball beat Italy 2-0 on Tuesday and Canada 1-0 on Wednesday for a winning start to the sport's Olympic return. Men's soccer started Thursday – without the USMNT – and Mexico beat France 4-1.

COVID-19 cases rising: There's currently a five-person virus cluster among the Czech delegation stemming from a chartered flight. Another American athlete joined the list of people who've had to withdraw from the Tokyo Games due to a positive test. No one else on the U.S. women's gymnastics team has tested positive after alternate Kara Eaker did on Monday.

American athletes to watch: Simone Biles did the Yurchenko double pike  vault twice during podium training Thursday. April Ross has been using nunchucks to help keep her shoulders healthy for beach volleyball. Frances Tiafoe is looking to keep Novak Djokovic from Olympic tennis gold.

Olympic viewing guide: Why Simone Biles didn't 'quit', and Penny swims for another record

  Olympic viewing guide: Why Simone Biles didn't 'quit', and Penny swims for another record Here's what to watch Wednesday night and Thursday morning, including Penny Oleksiak's attempt to make more Canadian history and some context to help understand why Simone Biles isn't competing in the women's all-around final.Canada's two best medal chances on Day 6 are also in women's events. We'll get to those in a minute, along with some other interesting news you need to know.

With just three days to go until the opening ceremony gets under way, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics are FINALLY here . But which country will top the medal table? Where will Team GB finish? The United States are top of Gracenote's virtual medal table - a statistical model based on individual and team results in previous Olympics , World Championships and World Cups. That model predicts the USA will take 96 medals in Tokyo , and that they will finish top of the table for the seventh successive summer Olympics .

TOKYO — Under crisp blue skies in October 1964, Emperor Hirohito of Japan stood before a reborn nation to declare the opening of the Tokyo Olympic Games. A voice that the Japanese public had first heard announcing the country’s surrender in World War II now echoed across a packed stadium alive with anticipation. Hirohito’s grandson, Emperor Naruhito, will be in the stands for the opening ceremony , but it will be barred to spectators as an anxious nation grapples with yet another wave of infections.

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Olympics Latest: ROC volleyball avenges Rio loss vs. Brazil .
TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: ___ The Russian Olympic Committee men’s volleyball team avenged a semifinal loss to Brazil in the last Olympics by mounting a big rally in the third set to win their semifinal match in four sets. The ROC fought back from eight points down to win the crucial third set and then closed it out in the fourth in a matchup of the sport’s two biggest powerhouses. The Russians will play the winner of the France-Argentina semifinal on Saturday for the gold medal.

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