Tokyo Olympics Starts this Friday!

Written by Jason Kritzberg on July 20th, 2021

The Tokyo Summer Olympics are finally here and we can’t wait to start watching! The upcoming international multi-sport event is scheduled to be held from the 23rd of July to the 8th of August in Tokyo, Japan. Originally scheduled to take place from the 24th of July to the 9th of August in 2020, the event was postponed in March of 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite being rescheduled to 2021, the event retains the Tokyo 2020 name for marketing and branding purposes. This is the first time that the Olympic Games have been postponed and rescheduled, rather than cancelled, so it is understandable that the company chose to keep 2020 in their branding.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics will see the introduction of new competitions including 3×3 basketball, freestyle BMX, and Madison cycling, as well as further mixed events. The games will also see karate, sport climbing, surfing, and skateboarding make their Olympic debuts, as well as the return of basketball and softball for the first time since 2008.

Where to Watch the Tokyo Olympics?

This year NBC is broadcasting a whole day of day one Olympics coverage, including the opening ceremony. You’ll be able to watch it live coast-to-coast. NBC will be broadcasting across all US time zones starting at 6:55 a.m. EDT (3:55 a.m. PDT) for the very first time.

NBC will also re-broadcast the event at 7:30 p.m. EDT (4:30 p.m. PDT).

Typically Olympics opening ceremonies celebrate the culture of the host country, augmented by some theme. During the 2008 Beijing Olympics, for example, the theme was unity. These events can be expensive, often costing upwards of $100 million. Japanese opening ceremonies have traditionally celebrated ancient Japanese culture, but previous Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dressed up as Mario during the handover at the Rio Olympics closing ceremony, so many expect Nintendo’s mascot to show up in an opening ceremony during the Tokyo Olympics as its more dedicated to Japan’s impact on technology and popular culture. 

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