The 2021 Tokyo Olympics finally begin this week a year after they were postponed due to the coronavirus. In France, the events will be followed on several channels.
Tokyo 2020 is finally on! With a year late after the postponement due to the coronavirus crisis, the first events of the Olympic Games began this Wednesday with the softball and women’s football tournaments. The opening ceremony will take place on Friday and officially launch the two weeks of competition (July 23-August 8). Time difference requires (Tokyo is 7 hours ahead of Paris), the competitions will be to follow a good part of the night until the middle of the afternoon.
All the events will be followed on RMC, the official radio broadcaster of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. You can find all the competitions and information live on our site. On the television side, Canal + sold its TV rights in 2019 at Eurosport which will be one of the two broadcasters in France with France Télévisions, holder of rights in clear.
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The public audiovisual group will rely on its three channels and will take the air every day at midnight on France 2 until 6 a.m. France 3 will take over from 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. before the new switchover to France 2 until 1 p.m. During the mid-day news, France 3 will take over before returning it to France 2 until 4 p.m. Finally, an Olympic Games magazine will close the day (5:35 p.m.) on France 2.
France 4, the collective sports channel
The France 4 channel will be devoted to broadcasting team sports in which France is heavily represented (football, basketball, handball, rugby 7 and volleyball). The antenna connection is scheduled around 2 a.m., with live broadcasts until 4 p.m. France 3 will broadcast the swimming finals in their entirety, from July 25 to August 1 from 3.30 a.m. From August 2, the morning athletics sessions will take over at 2 a.m.
Eurosport is devoting ten channels to it
Eurosport, for its part, has planned to broadcast all the events on ten channels which will broadcast the competitions continuously. This will take place on Eurosport 1, 2 and 4K and on seven Eurosport 360 channels freshly created for the occasion. The disciplines will be distributed as follows: racket sports and golf (Eurosport 3), artistic sports (4), football & rugby (5), basketball (6), combat sports (7), handball (8) and volleyball ball (9). The classic channels, Eurosport 1 and Eurosport 2, will be devoted to the biggest events, international stars and French performances. The program “Le Club JO” is scheduled every morning at 8 am.