Tokyo Olympics 2020: How To Watch The Games, Schedule And Streaming Details
The wait is almost over: the Tokyo Olympics, which were already delayed a year due to the pandemic, are set to kick off in two weeks from July 23 (Friday) to August 8 (Sunday). While the event will take place without spectators under a Covid-19 state of emergency and the mood could be far from the usual festive Olympic spirit, the wide selection of events will proceed and people around the world can still watch the Games live and support their favourite athletes.
The opening ceremony for the Games will be held at the newly-built National Stadium on July 23 at 8pm local time (7pm HKT), while the closing ceremony will take place at the same venue and the same time on August 8. For Paralympics, it will begin two weeks after the Olympics, running from August 24 to September 5.
Excited about the Tokyo Games 2020? Below, we’ve compiled a guide to help you catch your favourite Olympic events and athletes. Scroll down to find the official Olympics and Paralympics schedules and details on how to watch the Games in Hong Kong this summer.
Where can I watch or stream the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in Hong Kong?
In Hong Kong, broadcast rights for the Olympics are licensed to five local television stations, including TVB, ViuTV, Fantastic Television, Cable TV and NowTV. According to reports, it’s the first time that the government decided to buy broadcasting rights to the Games, where all stations are required to stream events featuring Hong Kong athletes and make programmes to promote the sporting event.
None of the stations has released the official broadcast schedules yet, so be sure to check their websites or social media channels for the latest news and updates.
What is the time difference between Hong Kong and Japan?
Japan is only an hour ahead of Hong Kong, meaning you don’t necessarily have to stay up late or wake up early to catch the events!
What can viewers expect from this year's Olympic Games? What new sports are coming to the Games?
Over the course of the two weeks, fans will be able to watch a whopping 339 events unfold across 33 competitions, with athletes from around the world compete for the gold in a wide range of sports including gymnastics, diving, tennis, soccer, and many more.
The Games will also see the introduction of several new competitions, including freestyle BMX, Madison cycling and 3x3 basketball, as well as the return of baseball and softball for the first time since 2008. New sports including surfing, sport climbing, skateboarding, and karate will make their Olympic debuts as well.
For Hong Kong, 97 persons, including 46 athletes and alternate athletes will be participating in 13 sports at the Games, namely aquatics (including marathon swimming), athletics, badminton, cycling (road & track), equestrian, fencing, golf, gymnastic, Karatedo, rowing, sailing (including windsurfing), table tennis and triathlon.
Where can I find the official schedules for both the Olympics and Paralympics?
The full competition schedules for both the Olympics and Paralympics can be viewed on the official Tokyo Games websites. Here are some highly-anticipated events to add to your calendar:
- Gymnastics: July 23 (Friday) – August 3 (Tuesday)
- Swimming: July 24 (Saturday) – August 1 (Sunday)
- Volleyball: July 24 (Sunday) – August 8 (Sunday)
- Athletics: July 30 (Friday) – August 8 (Sunday)
- Wheelchair Basketball: August 25 (Wednesday) – September 5 (Sunday)
- Wheelchair Fencing: August 25 (Wednesday) – August 29 (Sunday)
See also: Tokyo Olympics 2021: Japan Bans Spectators Under Covid-19 Emergency