It’ll to be an Olympic Games like no other, and 12 months later than planned, Tokyo is finally set to get the show on the road.
The Opening Ceremony is a must-watch for all Olympics obsessives and here’s everything you need to know about the traditional curtain-raiser.
When is the Opening Ceremony?
The Opening Ceremony for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will take place on Friday July 23.
Sporting action, however, starts a couple of days before with the softball and women’s football tournament getting underway.
What time is the Opening Ceremony?
The Opening Ceremony takes place in the traditional slot of 8pm local time, which means it’s a midday start for viewers in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.
It’s a three-hour affair so that should be the early part of your Friday afternoon sorted.
Where is the Opening Ceremony being held?
The Japan National Stadium – which will host the track and field events and some football matches – is the venue for the Opening Ceremony.
It’s a brand-spanking new stadium for the Tokyo Olympics (after the old one was knocked down) and was officially opened in December 2019.
How can I watch the Opening Ceremony?
If you’re planning to tune in from the United Kingdom then the Opening Ceremony will be broadcast on BBC One and Eurosport 1.
Irish viewers can catch live coverage of the fiesta on RTE 2 and Eurosport 1.
Will there be any fans attending the Opening Ceremony?
It could prove to be a fairly flat affair as there’ll be no fans in attendance because Tokyo declared a state of emergency amid the city’s ongoing battle with the coronavirus pandemic.
The athletes parade will take place but it’s unclear how social distancing rules will affect that part of the Opening Ceremony.
How long does the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games last for?
Good news sports fans as we’ve got roughly two-and-a-half weeks of fun and games to look forward to.
The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games begin on Wednesday July 21 and conclude on Sunday August 8.
When is the Closing Ceremony?
Unsurprisingly, the Closing Ceremony takes place on the final day of competition as the last remaining events dish out medals.
It’s scheduled to take place once again at 8pm local time which means a midday start in the UK and Republic of Ireland.
How can I bet on the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games?
Paddy’s top traders have been busy pricing up betting markets for a whole host of Olympic events.
If you head to paddypower.com/olympics then you can search for your desired sport to find the market you’re looking for.
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