It’s still wild to believe the Olympics are *really* here, and if you’re like me and you eat up these Games, and then you’ll be ready to devour seconds with the Paralympics right after. NBC usually covers all things Olympics and Paralympics, and this year is no different. The one ~new~ thing the network is doing though is offering a whopping 1,200 hours (!!!) worth of Paralympics coverage. As they should!
The Paralympics take place after the Olympics beginning at the end of August and going into September. Obvi there is a huge time difference between here and Japan, so keep reading below for all the info you need to set cal reminders so you don’t miss these world class athletes in action.
When are the Paralympics?
The Paralympic Games take place from August 24 to September 5, so you have some time before they kick off (approximately 18 days, to be exact).
Where can I watch the Games?
Tune in via the OG cable network NBC, or try NBCSN or the Olympic Channel for coverage. For cable cutters, stream TV coverage of the Paralympics on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC sports app. Peacock, NBC’s subscription streaming service, will have coverage as well, including the medal rounds of men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball and women’s sitting volleyball.
What time will the Games be on?
The Games will air live between 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. EST daily on NBCSN, which accounts for the 13-hour time difference from Tokyo.
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What should I plan on seeing?
There are 22 sports total in the Games, with badminton and taekwondo appearing for the first time. Along with all the TV coverage, the streaming options will show competitions in nearly all sports, including: archery, badminton, boccia, canoe, cycling, equestrian, goalball, judo, marathon, rowing, shooting, sitting volleyball, soccer, swimming, table tennis, track and field, triathlon, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis. Find the tentative schedule here.
Will there be accessible viewing options?
Yes! All TV coverage will offer closed captioning and video description services.
Will there be an Opening Ceremony?
Abso-frickin-lutely. And a Closing Ceremony too! Both will air live on NBCSN on August 24 and September 5, respectively.
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