Sport Olympics 2021 schedule: full list and dates of events at Tokyo 2020 - and how to watch live on BBC in UK
Japan girds for a surreal Olympics, and questions are plenty
TOKYO (AP) — After a yearlong delay and months of hand-wringing that rippled across a pandemic-inflected world, a Summer Games unlike any other is at hand. It's an Olympics, sure, but also, in a very real way, something quite different. No foreign fans. No local attendance in Tokyo-area venues. A reluctant populace navigating a surge of virus cases amid a still-limited vaccination campaign. Athletes and their entourages confined to a quasi-bubble, under threat of deportation. Government minders and monitoring apps trying — in theory, at least — to track visitors’ every move. Alcohol curtailed or banned.
The Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 are available to watch live via BBC One every day, with coverage starting at midnight and running to about 9pm
The Tokyo Olympics 2020 are fully underway after a year-long postponement in the wake of the pandemic.
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After fierce debate, the Japanese and Olympic authoritieswith this year's Games, although the tournament will take place largely in empty stadiums .
The Latest: WHO head says Olympics virus risk inevitable
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 head of the World Health Organization says the Tokyo Olympics should not be judged by how many COVID-19 cases arise because eliminating risk is impossible. WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told an International Olympic Committee meeting that how infections are handled is what matters most.“The mark of success is making sure that any cases are identified, isolated, traced and cared for as quickly as possible and onward transmission is interrupted,” he said.
That means sporting fans won’t be able to travel abroad to spectate at their favourite events, but you are still able to watch the action from home.
Here’s everything you need to know about when, where and how to watch the Games from the UK.
What is the Tokyo Olympics 2020 schedule?
The original Tokyo Olympics schedule was scrapped and replaced after the Games weredue to the pandemic.
But 206 countries will now compete in Japan for coveted gold medals.
This year’s tournament will feature a record number of 46 competitions and 339 gold medals to be won over two weeks across 42 competition venues.
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Check our special JPI Media graphic for the full Olympics schedule and the dates each sport is taking place.
What new sports will there be at the Olympics?
There are five new sports featuring in this year’s Summer Games.
These are: baseball/softball, karate, sport climbing, skateboarding and surfing.
While baseball and softball were included during the 2008 Games in Beijing, the other four sports are making their Olympics debut.
Where can you watch the Tokyo Olympics in the UK?
Japan is eight hours ahead of British Summer Time, meaning a lot of the 2020 Olympic Games action will happen during unsociable hours in the UK.
But there are still plenty of ways for sporting fans over here to watch the Tokyo tournament despite the tricky time difference.
Without the crowd's roar, Tokyo Olympians search for spirit
TOKYO (AP) — The beloved American gymnast Sam Mikulak flipped off the parallel bars, stuck the landing and blew a kiss toward the camera. Those watching the men’s Olympics gymnastic competition on television back home knew they’d seen magic. “Beautiful!” the broadcast announcer exclaimed. “Wow, that was fantastic!” But all around Mikulak, the stretches of wooden benches meant to seat thousands sat mostly empty. Cheers erupted from a far back corner of the stands, where Simone Biles and the rest of the women's team screamed as loud as lungs could muster to cut through the eerie quiet of the pandemic Olympic venue.
The Games will be available to watch live in the UK via BBC One every day.
Coverage will start on the channel at midnight and will run to about 9pm.
And if you miss your favourite sport, BBC Two will be showing a daily highlights show from 9-10pm.
There will also be options to stream sports not showing live on BBC One via BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button and the BBC Sport website.
The BBC is set to cover over 350 hours of uninterrupted coverage live
The Games in their full glory will also be shown on Eurosport, as well as on online streaming platforms Eurosport Player and Discovery+.
A Eurosport subscription costs £6.99 a month or £39.99 a year, and viewers can add this to their Sky, BT or Virgin contract.
Who will be presenting the Olympics?
JJ Chalmers will host the midnight to 5am slot, while Dan Walker and former hockey player Sam Quek will be presenting the coverage on BBC Breakfast from then until 9am.
Hazel Irvine and Gabby Logan will then host from 9am to 3pm, with Jason Mohammad taking over until 6pm.
Alex Scott and Clare Balding will take over the primetime TV slot, at 7:30 to 9pm.
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