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How to watch the Tokyo Paralympics online for free

In Japan, you can live-stream the Tokyo 2020 Summer Paralympic Games for free via NHK Sports

Emma Steen
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Emma Steen

[Update, September 3] We’ve got one more day of competition before we reach the end of the Tokyo Paralympic Games. We’ve seen some unprecedented moments in the past few days which included the silver-medal victory of Japan’s youngest ever Paralympic champion as well as two gold medal wins by Japan’s oldest Paralympic champion. 

Emotions will run high on Saturday as athletes compete for the remaining 49 gold medals, so you’ll want to make note of the following start times if you don’t want to miss out on any of the action. It's a packed day of competition, so we've only listed the gold medal events below, which will be streaming for free on NHK Sports.

September 4, Day 11

Archery: Mixed Team Recurve 7.56pm (1 gold medal event) 

Athletics: Session 17, 9.30am-12.55pm, Session 18, 7pm-10pm (23 gold medal events) 

Badminton: Session 4, 9am-9pm (7 gold medal events) 

Boccia: Session 16, 3.20pm-9.15pm (3 gold medal events) 

Canoe Sprint: Session 3, 9.30am-12.35pm (5 gold medal events) 

Football 5-a-side: Men’s Gold Medal Match 5.30pm (1 gold medal event) 

Shooting: P4 - Mixed 50m Pistol SH1 12.15pm, R9 - Mixed 50m Rifle Prone SH2 2.45pm (2 gold medal events) 

Sitting Volleyball: Men’s Gold Medal Match 7pm (1 gold medal event) 

Taekwondo: Women K44 +58kg Gold Medal Contest 9pm, Men K44 +75kg Gold Medal Contest (2 gold medal events)

Wheelchair Basketball: Women’s Gold Medal Match 8.30pm (1 gold medal event) 

Wheelchair Tennis: Quad Singles Gold Medal Match , Women’s Doubles Gold Medal Match, Men’s Singles Gold Medal Match 10am (3 gold medal events)


[August 19] The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games saw some truly spectacular moments and record-breaking victories, but the fun’s not over just yet. Next up is the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games: the opening ceremony is set to take place on August 24, followed by 11 days of exciting competitions across 22 sports. 

Though this year’s Games are to take place without spectators, you won’t be missing out on the action with online broadcasts you can tune in from home. If you’re in Japan, most TV channels will be covering the Paralympics in one form or another – but if you plan on watching on your computer or mobile phone, you can live-stream the events via NHK Plus and NHK Sports

The NHK Plus site has two channels that will stream Paralympic events for free: the NHK General channel and the NHK Education channel. The site usually requires viewers to register before accessing the content, but not during the Paralympic Games. Registered members will have access to playbacks but non-registered users will still be able to stream the events free of charge. 

During the Paralympics, this article will be updated with a daily schedule of the medal events. The opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games will be broadcasted on the NHK General channel from 7.56pm-11pm JST on Tuesday August 24.

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

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