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Tokyo Olympics Schedule: Opening Ceremony Start Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, Medal Odds And More For First Day

By News Creatives Authors , in Business , at July 23, 2021

The Tokyo Olympic Games officially began on Friday, July 23 with the lighting of the Olympic Flame during the opening ceremonies. While the four-hour event already took place live at 7 a.m. ET—Japan is 13 hours ahead of Eastern Time in the United States—it will be re-aired in primetime beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET this evening.

With the 2021 Summer Olympics now underway and taking place over the next fortnight, it’s time to lock in and find out everything you need to know to watch, enjoy and bet on the exciting action.

These Olympic Games are officially being referred to as the 2020 Tokyo Olympics despite a full year delay to the coronavirus pandemic, which is still having a significant impact on the athletes and events. Crowds will be limited to just domestic attendees from Japan and there are a significant amount of COVID-19 protocols and testing in place, the results of which have unfortunately already sidelined some hopeful medalists.

Despite the various changes, the games are finally going on. Records will be set and gold, silver and bronze medals will be doled out just like in any other Olympiad. Although the crowd sizes won’t be as large as usual, this will be a jam-packed Olympics in terms events.

A whopping 339 events across 33 different disciplines are on the Olympics schedule this summer, including five new sports. Baseball/softball, skateboarding, surfing, sport climbing and karate have all been added to the slate. The IOC also elected to retain all the events from the 2016 Rio Games, including golf and rugby after they made their Olympic debut a half-decade ago.

Here is the full list of sports that will take place at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and the number of events being held within each:

Summer Olympics Event Count

  • Aquatics: 49
  • Archery: 5
  • Athletics: 48
  • Badminton: 5
  • Baseball/Softball: 2
  • Basketball: 4
  • Boxing: 13
  • Canoeing: 16
  • Cycling: 22
  • Equestrian: 6
  • Fencing: 12
  • Field Hockey: 2
  • Football: 2
  • Golf: 2
  • Gymnastics: 18
  • Handball: 2
  • Judo: 15
  • Karate: 8
  • Pentathlon: 2
  • Rowing: 14
  • Rugby: 2
  • Sailing: 10
  • Shooting: 15
  • Skateboarding: 4
  • Sport Climbing: 2
  • Surfing: 2
  • Table Tennis: 5
  • Taekwondo: 8
  • Tennis: 5
  • Triathlon: 3
  • Volleyball: 4
  • Weightlifting: 14
  • Wrestling: 18

The United States is the heavy favorite to have tallied up the most gold medals when the 2020 Olympic Games conclude. Oddsmakers have the country at -700 to top the podium more than any other, a betting line that means one would need to risk $7 to win $1 on the outcome.

Those odds translate to an implied probability of nearly 88%, far ahead of second-place China with odds of +600—returning $6 for each $1 staked—and an implied probability of just a shade over 14%. Japan, the host country, is a distant third at +3400 to capture the most medals during this Olympiad.

Here’s a complete list of medal odds for the 2020 Tokyo Games courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook, as well as some of the more intriguing props up on the board going into the event:

Summer Olympics 2020 Betting Odds

Most Gold Medals

  • USA -700
  • China +600
  • Japan +3400
  • Russian Olympic Committee +5000
  • Great Britain: +5000
  • Canada: +10000
  • New Zealand +10000
  • Netherlands: +10000
  • Germany: +10000
  • Ireland: +10000
  • Brazil: +10000
  • France: +10000
  • Italy: +10000
  • Hungary: +10000
  • Australia: +10000
  • South Korea: +10000
  • Spain: +10000

Most Medals Overall

  • USA -1500
  • China +1100
  • Russian Olympic Committee +2500
  • Japan +3400
  • Great Britain: +5000
  • Netherlands: +10000
  • Germany: +10000
  • Ireland: +10000
  • France: +10000
  • Italy: +10000
  • Hungary: +10000
  • Australia: +10000
  • South Korea: +10000
  • Spain: +10000

Medal Totals

  • USA: 44.5
  • China: 36.5
  • Russian Olympic Committee: 19.5
  • Japan: 26.5
  • Great Britain: 14.5

Feature Sports Gold Medal Odds

Men’s Baseball

  • Japan: +110
  • USA: +320
  • South Korea: +470
  • Mexico: +700
  • Dominican Republic: +750
  • Israel: +3400

Men’s Basketball

  • USA: -350
  • Australia: +850
  • Spain: +1200
  • Slovenia: +1600
  • France: +2600
  • Nigeria: +2900

Women’s Basketball

  • USA: -1200
  • Australia: +1400
  • France: +2300
  • Spain: +2500
  • Serbia: +2600
  • Canada: +2900

Men’s Golf

  • Jon Rahm (ESP): +470
  • Collin Morikawa (USA): +850
  • Xander Schauffele (USA): +1000
  • Justin Thomas (USA): +1100
  • Rory McIlroy (IRL): +1200
  • Viktor Hovland (NOR): +1400

Women’s Golf

  • Nelly Korda (USA): +650
  • Jin Young Ko (KOR): +750
  • Inbee Park (KOR): +1000
  • Sei Young Kim (KOR): +1200
  • Ariya Jutanugarn (THA): +1200
  • Danielle Kang (USA): +1400

Men’s Soccer

  • Brazil: +190
  • Spain: +195
  • Japan: +750
  • Mexico: +1000
  • France: +1100
  • Germany: +1400

 

Women’s Soccer

  • USA: +105
  • Netherlands: +500
  • Great Britain: +500
  • Sweden: +500
  • Brazil: +1400
  • Australia: +1900

For those wishing to watch these all these events, NBC will be the hub for all the Tokyo Games action. The network will be broadcasting major events on NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, the Olympic Channel and the GOLF Channel.

Live streaming will be widely available throughout the 2020 Summer Olympics, with coverage through Peacock, NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app.

On the initial day of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, sometimes referred to as Day 0, fans will be able to catch more than just the opening ceremony in Tokyo. Tennis, water polo, softball and soccer will all be either taking place live or re-aired this evening and you can find the complete viewing guide for these events below:

Summer Olympics 2021 Opening Day Schedule

NBC

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Preview Show

7:30 p.m. – 12 a.m.: Opening Ceremony

USA

7:30 p.m. – 2 a.m.: Rowing (LIVE), Cycling (LIVE)

NBCSN

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Women’s Soccer – China vs. Brazil

3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Women’s Soccer – Japan vs. Canada

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: Women’s Soccer – U.S. vs. Sweden

12 a.m. – 2 a.m.: 3×3 Basketball, Archery, Women’s Water Polo (LIVE)

OLYMPIC CHANNEL

10 p.m. – 2 a.m.: Tennis (LIVE)

Stay tuned for daily updates on the 2020 Olympics, including medal counts, event schedules, viewing guides, betting odds, pro predictions and much more.

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