Tokyo Olympics 2021
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The world is buzzing to see Tokyo Olympics 2020 finally kick start after being pushed a year ahead due to the coronavirus outbreak. Read the full article to see live stream options for Tokyo Olympics.

This year’s motto is “United by Motion”. Around 11, 238 athletes are participating in the mega event. Over 50 disciplines will see 339 events in 33 sports. Around 206 countries are participating in the Games.

When is Tokyo Olympics?

 The Games began on Friday (July 23) and will conclude on Sunday (August 8).

How to live stream Tokyo Olympics 2020?

People can catch the live stream of the Games on Eurosport Player after subscribing to their monthly package of £6.99.

BBC will air the Games as well. Digital streaming of the Tokyo Olympics can be accessed on the BBC Sport website.

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US audience can watch the Games on the NBC channel, mobile application and the company’s dedicated Olympics website. Viewers in Canada can watch the Olympics on CBC.

Telecast options

NBCUniversal will telecast the entire Games live. It will cover over 7,000 hours of activity while Telemundo Deportes will telecast over 3,000 hours of the Games in Spanish.

Opening ceremony

Fans were not in love with the opening ceremony of the Games. People took to social media to slam the organisers who were short of a lot of things to bring the same attention to the mega event.

There were no fans in the stands and only a few athletes were participating in the parade of nations which created a subdued mood.

And the fans who were eagerly waiting for the event to begin did not mince their words while discussing the opening ceremony on Twitter.

What are threats to the Games?

Participants are asked to practice social distancing and follow other safety protocols strictly because the event organisers haven’t made the vaccination mandatory.

This is why over 100 athletes from the US are making their way into the Games, something that has disturbed a lot of people.

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A rumour was spread that the participants are given beds that are made of cardboard so that they can’t bring over any company and have sex. However, it was later debunked after the competitors showed live videos of their rooms.

Tokyo Olympics Japan
Photo: Japan Times

What most people are afraid of is watching the Games begin in Tokyo when the city is under a COVID outbreak. Several locals are testing positive for the virus on daily basis and this could jeopardize the star-studded mega event if not handled with care.

Why Tokyo Olympics 2020 were postponed

Last March, Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach mutually agreed to put off the Games taking the coronavirus situation under consideration.

This was the first time the summer Olympics were postponed since 1944. The Games in 1940 and 1944 were cancelled due to World War II.

Andrew Parsons, the president of the International Paralympic Committee, summed up the scenario the best.

“The health and well-being of human life must always be our number one priority and staging a sporting event of any kind during this pandemic is simply not possible. Sport is not the most important thing right now, preserving human life is,” Parsons had said.

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