When is the Tokyo opening ceremony?


The opening ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics is sure to be a spectacle, mainly because very little is still known about how the event works.

Each ceremony has a theme, this year being “United by emotion”. No fans will be present, but members of the International Olympic Committee, diplomats, Olympic sponsors and foreign dignitaries will be allowed to attend.

The number of athletes marching in the “Parade of Nations” will also be greatly reduced, although the exact number is unknown. Countries will scroll in katakana order based on their names in Japanese instead of the English alphabet. Women’s basketball star Sue Bird – already a quadruple gold medalist – and baseball player Eddy Alvarez – who won a silver medal in speed skating at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi – will be the flag bearers of the United States during the march.

The opening ceremony will be broadcast live Friday morning for the American public and again in prime time Friday evening. Tennis and men’s cycling will also start on Friday evening, while the rowing qualifying heats will continue.

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How to watch

All the hours are oriental

CNB: 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.

NBCSN: 24 hour coverage

UNITED STATES: 7:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Olympic channel: 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

The biggest events

All the hours are oriental

7:30 p.m. Thursday: Rowing – Qualifying heats (NBCSN)

6:55 a.m. Friday: Opening Ceremony (NBC)

7:30 p.m. Friday: Rowing – Qualifying heats and repechage (USA)

10 p.m. Friday: Cycling – Men’s Road Race (USA)

10 p.m. Friday: Tennis – Men’s and Women’s Action (Olympic Channel)

Delayed events:

7:30 p.m. Friday: Opening Ceremony (NBC)

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