When will the 2020 Summer Olympics from Tokyo begin?
The 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics will finally begin on July 23rd, 2021 with the opening ceremony airing live in the U.S. on NBC at 6:55 a.m. ET. Given the 13-hour time difference between Tokyo and the U.S. Eastern Time Zone, many of the Olympic events will air on tape delay in the U.S., while others like the opening ceremony will air live. NBC will provide full coverage of the Olympic action from Japan in the U.S. across several channels including NBC, NBC Sports Network, CNBC and USA Network. With fears of the COVID-19 pandemic still looming over the Tokyo Olympics, Japan’s Olympic Committee has announced that all spectators will be banned from the Tokyo venues, as Japan declared a coronavirus state of emergency for the city that will run through the Olympic Games.
The U.S. is expected to field a group of star athletes seeking multiple medals in Tokyo. The return of defending Olympic all-around champion gymnast Simone Biles is highly anticipated at the Tokyo Games, among other returning Olympic champions looking to rack up more medals for Team U.S.A. are sprinters Allyson Felix and Justin Gatlin, along with swimmers Katie Ledecky and Simone Manuel. The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team will likely include Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle, recent winners of the 2019 World Cup. Skateboarding, Karate, Sport Climbing and Surfing will all debut as Olympic sports in Tokyo this year, stars skaters Zion Wright and Nyjah Huston as well as star surfers John John Florence and Carissa Moore will be competing to bring home medals for Team USA. Click HERE for the full TV schedule of coverage from the NBC Network of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
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Schedule of Olympic Events
July 23: Opening Ceremony, first time ever live broadcast on NBC at 6:55 ET, 1st day of men’s and women’s archery, 1st day of men’s and women’s rowing
July 24: Headline: men’s cycling road race, men’s sabre in fencing, 3-on-3 basketball (Olympic debut)
July 25: Headline: First swimming finals include the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay, Skateboarding – men’s street (Olympic debut)
July 26: Headline: Women’s 400m freestyle, men’s 4x100m freestyle relay, men’s gymnastics
July 27: Headline: Women’s gymnastics team final, men’s 100m backstroke, women’s 100m breaststroke, softball final
July 28: Headline: Men’s & women’s 3-on-3 basketball finals, women’s 200m freestyle, men’s gymnastics all-around final, If waves are good – Olympic surfing medals.
July 29: Headline: Women’s gymnastics all-around final, men’s 100m freestyle, women’s 4x200m freestyle relay
July 30: Headline: Women’s rowing, BMX racing, women’s 100m freestyle final
July 31: Headline: Women’s track and field 100m, women’s tennis singles final, men’s 100m butterfly, women’s 100m freestyle
August 1: Headline: Men’s track and field 100m, Men’s and women’s swimming medley relay, artistic gymnastics event final
August 2: Headline: Wrestling, women’s 100m hurdles, women’s floor exercise
August 3: Headline: Artistic gymnastics final, women’s long jump, women’s 400m hurdles
August 4: Headline: Men’s track and field 200m and 800m, weightlifting concludes with world’s strongest man, women’s 3000m steeplechase
August 5: Headline: Men’s track and field 400m and 100m hurdles, men’s park skateboarding, women’s canoe spring
August 6: Headline: Women’s soccer, women’s beach volleyball
August 7: Headline: Men’s basketball final, women’s water polo final, baseball final, last full day of competition
August 8: Headline: Olympic marathon, women’s basketball final, baseball final, Closing Ceremonies