Amidst all the delays and controversies, the Tokyo Olympics have finally begun with some softball and football actions on July 21, 2021 (Wednesday). These events took place owing to their bigger competition schedule. However, the XXXII Olympiad or the 2020 Summer Olympics are all set to officially commence on July 23, 2021 (Friday) with a ‘low profile’ opening ceremony as well.
The first day of the Games will witness very little sporting action as competitions in just two sports – archery and rowing will take place. As far as the Indian contingent is concerned, world number one archer Deepika Kumari will kickstart the proceedings with the Women’s individual ranking round event. This will take place from 9:00 AM local time – 5:30 AM (IST) onwards.
Coming to the Men’s individual ranking round event, India have as many as three archers charging up to qualify for the next stage. These include Atanu Das, Tarundeep Rai and Praveen Jadhav marking their presence.
Schedule for Day 1
(All timings are in IST)
Archery – Women’s individual ranking round – 5:30 AM – 7:30 AM | Venue: Yumenoshima Park, Tokyo
Archery – Men’s individual ranking round – 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM | Venue: Yumenoshima Park, Tokyo
Opening Ceremony – 4:30 PM onwards | Venue: National Stadium, Tokyo
28 Indian members to take part in the opening ceremony
The total number of 28 participants are set to take part in the opening ceremony of Tokyo 2020. This includes 22 athletes and six officials. Ace boxer MC Mary Kom and Indian Men’s hockey team skipper Manpreet Singh will be flag-bearers of the Indian contingent at the Games Village.
Apart from them, eight athletes from boxing and four each from table tennis and sailing will also be there. At last, two from rowing while gymnastics, swimming, and fencing will also have one athlete each.
Where to Watch Tokyo 2020
You can catch all the action LIVE on Sony Sports Network as well as DD Sports channels in India. Moreover, you can also stream it on the SonyLIV app and NewsonAir mobile app. Let’s look at the details of the official broadcasters in some more countries:
- Japan: The Japan Consortium
- USA: NBC Universal
- UK: BBC, Eurosport
- China: CCTV
- Australia: Seven Network
- Germany: ARD-ZDF
- Brazil: Grupo Globo, Bandsports
- Spain: RTVE
- Italy: RAI
- France: Eurosport
- South Africa: SABC