Early last year, former Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe announced that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics would be delayed for an entire year. Since then, a set date has been announced: July 23rd.
There have been tons of developments made regarding the Olympics since the delay. Here are just a few of the things Olympics fans should know.
205 out of the 206 eligible countries are expected to participate in the Tokyo Olympics, with North Korea having announced its withdrawal this April. Out of the 205 participating, 201 are expected to qualify.
The Tokyo Olympics will take place in the Japan National Stadium located in Shinjuku City.
With the Tokyo Olympics comes six new sports that will be included during the event: softball, baseball, skateboarding, surfing, sport climbing, and karate. However, not all of these will show up at the 2024 Olympics; karate, softball, and baseball will be removed from the roster after the Tokyo Olympics.
How Fans Can Stream the Tokyo Olympics
Many international fans will be unable to attend the Tokyo Olympics in person due to travel restrictions set up due to COVID. However, there are a couple of ways international fans can begin streaming Olympics 2021 live online.
UK Residents: BBC
UK residents will be able to watch the Tokyo Olympics via BBC. Only the BBC will be streaming the Olympics in the UK since they alone hold the broadcasting rights.
Canadian Residents: CBC
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) will be broadcasting the Olympics in Canada.
Sling TV offers live TV packages that often include sports-oriented channels like the Olympics Channel, Golf Channel, and news networks such as NBC and CNBC.
Hulu also offers live TV packages, and it just so happens that Hulu has every channel fans need to watch the Tokyo Olympics in its entirety.
With just under a month before the Tokyo Olympics kickoff, it’s the perfect time to see who is participating and how fans can watch the Olympics.