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How to watch the Tokyo Olympics online for free

In Japan, you can live-stream Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics events for free via these websites and TV channels
Written by
Emma Steen

[Update, August 2] Here are the Day 10 and Day 11 Olympic gold medal events you can watch for free online.

We've entered the second week of the Tokyo Olympic Games, with Japan taking gold in 17 events as of 9pm on Day 7 (July 30). Day 11 (Tuesday August 3) brings another exciting set of competitions featuring a total of 21 sports. Here’s the schedule for the upcoming gold medal events and where you can watch them live:    

August 2, after 6pm

6.09pm Cycling Track – Women’s Team Sprint Finals - Gold (on

6.51pm Artistic Gymnastics – Men’s Vault Final (on

7.30pm Wrestling – Men’s Greco-Roman 60kg Final, Men’s Greco-Roman 130kg Final (on NHK Plus General Channel) 

7.50pm Weightlifting – Women’s +87kg Group A (on

8pm Athletics – Women’s Discus Throw Final (on

8.45pm Equestrian – Eventing Individual Jumping Final (on

8.55pm Wrestling – Women’s Freestyle 76kg Final (on

9.15pm Athletics – Men’s 3,000m Steeplechase Final (on

9.40pm Athletics – Women’s 5,000m Final (on

August 3, 6am-12noon 

10.50am Athletics – Women’s Long Jump Final (on

11.37am Canoe Sprint – Women’s Kayak Single 200m Final A (on

11.53am Canoe Sprint – Men’s Canoe Double 1,000m Final A (on

August 3, 12noon-6pm 

12.20pm Canoe Sprint – Men’s Kayak Single 1,000m Final A (on

12.20pm Athletics – Men’s 400m Hurdles Final (on

12.33pm Sailing – Women’s Skiff - 49er FX - Medal Race (on

12.46pm Canoe Sprint – Women’s Kayak Double 500m Final A (on

1.05pm Boxing – Women’s Feather (54-57kg) Final Bout (on

1.33pm Sailing – Men’s Skiff - 49er - Medal Race (on

2.33pm Sailing – Men’s One Person Dinghy (Heavyweight) - Finn - Medal Race (on

3pm Diving – Men’s 3m Springboard Final (on

3.33pm Sailing – Mixed Multihull - Nacra 17 Foiling - Medal Race (on

5pm Artistic Gymnastics – Men’s Parallel Bars Final (on NHK Plus General Channel) 

5.26pm Cycling Track – Women’s Team Pursuit Finals - Gold (on

5.44pm Cycling Track – Men’s Team Sprint Finals - Gold (on

5.50pm Artistic Gymnastics – Women’s Balance Beam Final (on NHK Plus General Channel) 

August 3, after 6pm 

6.15pm Wrestling – Men’s Greco-Roman 77kg Final , Men’s Greco-Roman 97kg Final, Women’s Freestyle 68kg Final (on

6.39pm Artistic Gymnastics – Men’s Horizontal Bar Final (on NHK Plus General Channel) 

7.05pm Boxing – Men’s Welter (63-69kg) Final Bout (on

7.20pm Athletics – Men’s Pole Vault Final  (on NHK Plus Education Channel) 

7.50pm Weightlifting – Men’s 109kg Group A (on

8.35pm Athletics – Women’s Hammer Throw Final (on NHK Plus Education Channel) 

9.25pm Athletics – Women’s 800m Final (on NHK Plus Education Channel) 

9.50pm Athletics – Women’s 200m Final (on NHK Plus Education Channel)


[July 20] The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are just days away with the Opening Ceremony scheduled to begin at 8pm JST on July 23. With the Games set to go ahead without any spectators at the venues, those hoping to catch the action live will have to tune in on their TV or online. But don’t worry – with round-the-clock coverage of thousands of hours of competition, you are unlikely to miss a single moment even while watching at home. 

If you’re in Japan, most TV channels will be covering the Olympics in one form or another, but if you plan on tuning in from your computer or mobile phone, there are two main sites that will be live-streaming events and uploading playback videos.

The first one is, Japan’s official online broadcaster for the Tokyo Olympics, which will begin streaming events from July 21, starting with the qualifying tournaments for women’s football with Japanese commentary. Aside from showing the competitions live, the site also has videos of victorious moments from previous Olympic events when Japanese athletes broke records or won a medal. 


The second broadcaster set to provide live-streaming services is Japan’s public broadcaster, NHK, which will be covering the competition on five different channels (NHK General TV, NHK Educational TV, BS1, BS8K, BS) as well as on the radio. Network officials have also announced that NHK will be live-streaming approximately 3,000 hours of Olympic events, including some footage that will not be shown on TV. You can access the live-stream, as well as playback videos, on NHK Plus without having to register for the service. 

Unfortunately, these platforms are only available to use in Japan, so if you’re overseas, check the official Olympic broadcaster in your region to find out how to watch the Games. Some territories will also have access to live-streams on the official Olympic Channel

Want to know who you’re cheering for? You can see the full list of competing Olympians and check out their profiles on the Tokyo 2020 official website

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