With the Torch Relay in motion, it’s high time to get in the know about the 2021 Olympics’ hows, whens, whats, and more.
Taking place 100 days from now, the 2021 Olympics Opening Ceremony in Tokyo is going to be the world’s first large-scale sporting event since the COVID-19 pandemic took off. Commencing the Games, the ceremony scheduled for July 23, beginning at 8pm in Tokyo, is set to run until the 8th of August.
Where to watch?
With the U.S. being 13 hours behind, NBC Sports will be providing reliable coverage of the anticipated event across their networks starting 6:55am ET/3:55pm PT of July 23. For US viewers catching up with the primetime broadcast, there will be a re-airing at 7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT.
To add to the Opening Ceremony’s thrills, on April 14, Peacock will be premiering “Michael Phelps: Medals, Memories & More”. The documentary will be joining the streaming service’s collection of already available Olympic-sport documentaries including “1968”, “Calgary 1968”, “In Deep With Ryan Lochte”, and “My Pursuit: Life, Legacy & Jordan Burroughs”.
Who are the qualifying U.S. athletes?
There are currently 100+ qualified athletes on the United States’ team, and this number may rise to 500 by the time the games begin. Among the four U.S. surfers on roster is Carissa Moore. For beach volleyball, April Ross and Alix Klineman are already qualified.
June 13-20 marks the swimming trials in Omaha, in which Katie Ledecky is expected to join the team in five events. Trials for track and field are slated for June 18-27, favoring Noah Lyles as a top qualifier in both 100m and 200m races for men. In women’s 100m, a potential favorite is Sha’Carri Richardson, who clocked an outstanding 10.72 feat on April 10 in Miramar, Florida. Simone Biles, Olympic gold medalist, will be featured during June 24-27’s gymnastic trials as well.
Toyota will be presenting coverage on the Tokyo Paralympics, scheduled for August 24 till September 5. NBCSN, NBC, and the Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will be airing as well, with additional coverage from platforms like Peacock.
Christopher Dubi, Games Executive Director for the IOC says, “For all Games participants, there will be some conditions and constraints that will require flexibility and understanding. We are providing the main directions at this stage, but naturally don’t have all the final details yet; an update will be published in the spring and may change as necessary even closer to the Games.”
In a series of playbooks, the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee and the International Olympic Committee released safety measures for athletes, officials, and broadcasters in Japan. The information given may be updated to evolve with the virus’ situation between present time and July 23rd.
Tokyo 2020 announced in March that spectators from overseas will not be permitted at the Olympic and Paralympic events, due to the pandemic’s current state.
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