How to Watch the Tokyo Olympics 2021 in the UK

How to Watch the Tokyo Olympics 2021 in the UK

The Tokyo Olympics were delayed for a year due to the pandemic, but to all the sports enthusiasts’ delight, they’re finally here — they’re still officially called the Tokyo Olympics 2020, though.

In less than two weeks, the biggest sporting event in history will begin — where athletes from more than 200 countries will compete with each other in 33 different sporting events to make their country proud.

More than 370 British athletes will be participating in the Olympics in 28 different competitions; this is, by far, one of the biggest delegations. Follow this guide to learn how to watch the Tokyo Olympics 2021 in the UK and support your countrymen in the mega event.

How to Watch the Tokyo Olympics 2021 Live Stream in the UK

Sports lovers in Britain can watch all the games from the Tokyo Olympics live online through BBC iPlayer, a British OTT service that is accessible only in the UK created by the BBC and ITV. It costs $6.99/month; you can download its app for your device or you can even watch it via their website.

If you aren’t — or don’t want to be — subscribed to BBC iPlayer, you have the following options:

  • Go to the official Olympics website and watch the games live; you can also download its app for mobile and FireStick.
  • Other than this, services like Peacock, Sportsnet, SkySports, and Sling TV will be featuring the Tokyo Olympics live stream in 2021, but they are not available worldwide, as many of them are geo-restricted.

You can beat that barrier if you have ExpressVPN because it can help you access all relevant sports streaming services from UK. You can also unblock BT Sport in the UK and access BeIN sports in the UK with it.

Summer Olympics 2021 Host & Venue

Japan will host the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo but, as we said earlier, it’s still officially called Tokyo Olympics 2020 as it was initially scheduled for 2020;  since there was a pandemic situation and the whole world was on lockdown, the event was postponed for a year.

Tokyo’s National Stadium will be the venue for the Olympics, and both opening and closing ceremonies will be held in that stadium. Also, the Athletics events (track and field) and Women’s football events will be held in the National Stadium of Tokyo.

The Tokyo Japan Olympics will kick off on July 23, 2021, and will conclude on August 8, 2021. More than 11,000 athletes are expected to participate in this year’s Olympics.

Tokyo Olympics 2021 Events Schedule

You’re obviously wondering, “When are the Tokyo Olympics” so we’ve compiled all the Tokyo Olympics dates for you below:

AquaticsSwimmingJuly 24 (Saturday) – August 1 (Sunday)
DivingJuly 25 (Sunday) – July 28 (Wednesday), July 30 (Friday) – August 7 (Saturday)
Artistic SwimmingAugust 2 (Monday) – August 4 (Wednesday), August 6 (Friday) – August 7 (Saturday)
Water PoloJuly 24 (Saturday) – August 8 (Sunday)
Marathon SwimmingAugust 4 (Wednesday) – August 5 (Thursday)
ArcheryJuly 23 (Friday) – July 31 (Saturday)
AthleticsTrack & Field / MarathonJuly 30 (Friday) – August 8 (Sunday)
Race WalkJuly 30 (Friday), August 6 (Friday) – August 7 (Saturday)
BadmintonJuly 24 (Saturday) – August 2 (Monday)
Baseball/SoftballBaseballJuly 28 (Wednesday) – August 5 (Thursday), August 7 (Saturday)
SoftballJuly 21 (Wednesday) – July 22 (Tuesday), July 24 (Saturday) – July 27 (Tuesday)
Basketball3×3 BasketballJuly 24 (Saturday) – July 28 (Wednesday)
BasketballJuly 25 (Sunday) – August 8 (Sunday)
BoxingJuly 24 (Saturday) – August 1 (Sunday), August 3 (Tuesday) – August 8 (Sunday)
CanoeSlalomJuly 25 (Sunday) – July 30 (Friday)
SprintAugust 2 (Monday) – August 7 (Saturday)
CyclingBMX FreestyleJuly 31 (Saturday) – August 1 (Sunday)
BMX RacingJuly 29 (Thursday) – July 30 (Friday)
Mountain BikeJuly 26 (Monday) – July 29 (Tuesday)
RoadJuly 26 (Saturday) – July 25 (Sunday), July 28 (Wednesday)
TrackAugust 2 (Monday) – August 8 (Sunday)
EquestrianDressageJuly 24 (Saturday) – July 25 (Sunday), July 27 (Tuesday) – July 28 (Wednesday)
EventingJuly 30 (Friday) – August 2 (Monday)
JumpingAugust 3 (Tuesday), August 6 (Wednesday), August 7 (Friday) – August 7 (Saturday)
FencingJuly 24 (Saturday) – August 1 (Sunday)
FootballJuly 21 (Wednesday) – July 22 (Thursday), July 24 (Saturday) – July 25 (Sunday), July 27 (Tuesday) – July 28 (Wednesday), July 30 (Friday) – July 31 (Saturday), August 2 (Monday) – August 3 (Tuesday), August 5 (Thursday) – August 7 (Saturday)
GolfJuly 29 (Thursday) – August 1 (Sunday), August 4 (Wednesday) – August 7 (Saturday)
GymnasticsArtisticJuly 24 (Saturday) – July 29 (Thursday), August 1 (Sunday) – August 3 (Tuesday)
RhythmicAugust 6 (Friday) – August 8 (Sunday)
TrampolineJuly 30 (Friday) – July 31 (Saturday)
HandballJuly 24 (Saturday) – August 8 (Sunday)
HockeyJuly 24 (Saturday) – August 6 (Friday)
JudoJuly 24 (Saturday) – July 31 (Saturday)
KarateKata, KumiteAugust 5 (Thursday)- August 7 (Saturday)
Modern PentathlonAugust 5 (Thursday) – August 7 (Saturday)
RowingJuly 23 (Friday) – July 30 (Friday)
RugbyJuly 26 (Monday) – July 31 (Saturday)
SailingJuly 25 (Sunday) – August 4 (Wednesday)
ShootingRifle and PistolJuly 24 (Saturday) – July 25 (Sunday), July 27 (Tuesday), July 29 (Thursday) – August 2 (Monday)
ShotgunJuly 25 (Sunday) – July 26 (Monday), July 28 (Wednesday) – July 29 (Thursday), July 31 (Saturday)
SkateboardingParkAugust 4 (Wednesday) – August 5 (Thursday)
StreetJuly 25 (Sunday) – July 26 (Monday)
Sport ClimbingAugust 3 (Tuesday) – August 6 (Friday)
SurfingJuly 25 (Sunday) – August 1 (Sunday)
Table TennisJuly 24 (Saturday) – July 30 (Friday), August 1 (Sunday) – August 6 (Friday)
TaekwondoJuly 24 (Saturday) – July 27 (Tuesday)
TennisJuly 24 (Saturday) – August 1 (Sunday)
TriathlonJuly 26 (Monday) – July 27 (Tuesday), July 31 (Saturday)
VolleyballBeach VolleyballJuly 24 (Saturday) – August 7 (Saturday)
VolleyballJuly 24 (Saturday) – August 8 (Sunday)

List of Countries Participating in Tokyo Olympics 2021

Here’s a list of all the countries that will be participating in the Olympics 2021:

American SamoaGreat BritainPalestine
AngolaGrenadaPapua New Guinea
Antigua and BarbudaGuamParaguay
AustriaHaitiPuerto Rico
BahamasHong KongRefugee Olympic Team
BahrainHungaryRepublic of the Congo
BangladeshIcelandRussian Olympic Committee
BelgiumIranSaint Kitts and Nevis
BelizeIraqSaint Lucia
BeninIrelandSaint Vincent and the Grenadines
BhutanItalySan Marino
BoliviaIvory CoastSão Tomé and Príncipe
Bosnia and HerzegovinaJamaicaSaudi Arabia
BotswanaJapan (host)Senegal
The British Virgin IslandsKazakhstanSeychelles
BruneiKenyaSierra Leone
Burkina FasoKosovoSlovakia
CambodiaKyrgyzstanSolomon Islands
CanadaLatviaSouth Africa
Cape VerdeLebanonSouth Korea
Cayman IslandsLesothoSouth Sudan
The central African RepublicLiberiaSpain
ChadLibyaSri Lanka
Cook IslandsMalawiSyria
Costa RicaMalaysiaChinese Taipei
Czech RepublicMarshall IslandsTogo
The Democratic Republic of the CongoMauritiusTonga
DenmarkMexicoTrinidad and Tobago
Dominican RepublicMongoliaTurkmenistan
East TimorMontenegroTuvalu
El SalvadorMyanmarUnited Arab Emirates
Equatorial GuineaNamibiaUnited States
EthiopiaNew ZealandVenezuela
Federated States of MicronesiaNicaraguaVietnam
FijiNigerVirgin Islands
FranceNorth MacedoniaZambia
The Gambia

List of Sports in Tokyo Olympics 2021

Following Sports competitions will be held in the 2021 Olympics:

  1. Aquatics (including swimming, diving, and synchronized swimming, water polo)
  2. Archery
  3. Badminton
  4. Baseball and Softball
  5. Basketball (including 3×3 basketball)
  6. Boxing
  7. Canoe / Kayak
  8. Cycling — including Track, Road, Mountain Bike and BMX
  9. Equestrian
  10. Fencing
  11. Football (soccer)
  12. Golf
  13. Gymnastics (Artistic, Rhythmic, and Trampolining)
  14. Handball
  15. Hockey
  16. Judo
  17. Karate
  18. Modern Pentathlon
  19. Rowing
  20. Rugby 7s
  21. Sailing
  22. Shooting
  23. Skateboarding
  24. Sport Climbing
  25. Surfing
  26. Table Tennis
  27. Taekwondo
  28. Tennis
  29. Track & Field
  30. Triathlon
  31. Volleyball — indoor and beach volleyball
  32. Weightlifting
  33. Wrestling (Greco-Roman and Freestyle)


Yes, the 2020 Olympics were postponed due to the pandemic and later scheduled for 2021.

The Tokyo Olympics will start on July 23, 2021, and will end on August 8, 2021.

The 2020 Olympics were to be held in Tokyo, and even after being postponed for a year, the venue of the Olympics will remain the same.

Spectators were banned as the organizers dear a surge in Covid cases. To stay safe from any spread out, there will be no spectators in the stadium.

Olympics opening ceremony is on the 23rd of July in Tokyo National Stadium.

Yes, the Olympics Channel is a subscription-free OTT service. You can watch the games live on its website, “,” or you can download its app for mobile. [accordion_inner title="What health and safety measures are in place for Tokyo 2020?" id="8"]The management has taken strict steps for safeguarding Tokyo 2020 as they have restricted spectators and have also lined up strict monitoring of athletes’ health.


So, what are you waiting for? Prepare yourself for the mega event and mark your calendars. Subscribe to the streaming service that is broadcasting Tokyo Olympics 2021 in the UK.

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