The opening ceremony will be unlike any other in years past.
The 2021 Olympics will have no fans at this year’s games due to the coronavirus, which means that the exciting presentation to kick off the Tokyo Games will take place completely behind closed doors, outside of some IOC members, dignitaries. foreigners, patrons and diplomats. – with fans around the world forced to watch it from home.
But those who missed the Summer Games in 2020 will be relieved to see the torch finally ignite the cauldron in Tokyo to kick off the long-awaited Olympics.
Sporting News will provide live updates and highlights from the opening ceremony when it kicks off live at 7am ET on July 23. Those hoping to see a rerun later in the day can tune in at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC.
Live updates of the Olympic Games opening ceremony, highlights
7:21 am: Moment of silence for those who lost their lives due to the coronavirus, as well as the 1972 murder of Olympic athletes and Israeli coaches by the Palestinian group Black September.
7:19 am: While the flag is being raised, the national anthem of Japan is played.
7:15 am: Japanese Emperor Naruhito makes his entrance at the opening ceremony. The national flag of Japan is now entering.
7:12 am: The Opening Ceremony dance begins to show the athletes returning to training for the Olympics.
7:06 am: The ceremony inside the stadium now shows training at home while people remained in isolation during the coronavirus pandemic.
7:05 am: After a video showing how we got to this point, fireworks go off around the top of the Olympic Stadium.
7 am: It is time for the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games to begin.
Opening ceremony start time
- Start time: 7 am ET / 4 am PT
- Relay: 7:30 pm ET / 4:30 pm PT
- Location: National Stadium, Tokyo, Japan
As will be the case for much of the 2021 Tokyo Games due to the 13-hour time difference between Tokyo and Eastern Standard Time, those hoping to see the opening ceremony will have an early wake-up call. The ceremony will begin at 7 a.m. ET on Friday, July 23, or at 8 p.m. local time in Tokyo.
The ceremony comes after some events have already begun, however, with softball and soccer, archery and rowing preliminaries already underway.
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How to watch the opening ceremony
- Television channel: NBC
- Live broadcast: Peacock | NBCOlympics.com | fuboTV
NBC will provide full coverage of the Olympics from start to finish through its various channels. But to watch the opening ceremony, viewers will need to tune in to NBC itself at 7 a.m. ET to watch the festivities. This is the first time that NBC will broadcast an Olympic Games opening ceremony live in the morning.
Not an early riser? Without worries. There will be a replay on NBC at 7:30 pm ET.
Here’s the full NBC broadcast schedule for Friday, July 23:
|6: 55-11 am||Live coverage of the opening ceremony|
|11 a. M. A 1 p. M.||Special Olympics Edition of “Today”|
|1-4 pm||Tokyo Olympics during the day|
|7:30 pm-midnight||Repetition of the opening ceremony|
|12: 35-1: 38 am||Special Olympics Edition of “Tonight Show”|
How long is the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games?
Spectators will want to settle in to watch the opening ceremony. The kickoff celebration is expected to last approximately four hours, from 7 a.m. ET to 11 a.m. ET.
Organizers for NBC and the Olympics have kept other details of the opening ceremony secret, including how many delegation members from each nation will be allowed to march.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.