2021 Tokyo Olympics Start Date & Schedule: Opening Ceremony Time, Full TV Info, More

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  • The 2021 Toyko Olympics begin Tuesday, with the Opening Ceremony on Friday at 7 a.m. ET on NBC.
  • Softball and soccer will get underway before the official start, with the first full day of action on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Get a full Olympic schedule and TV information for every event below.

The 2021 Tokyo Olympics are finally here, after a year delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The best athletes in the world will gather in Japan to compete across 33 competitions and 339 events held across 42 venues that will feature some of the biggest American stars like Simone Biles and Katie Ledecky.

New to the 2021 Olympics this year are karate, sport climbing, surfing and skateboarding, as well as baseball and softball, which were not a part of the London and Rio Games.

Tokyo is 13 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time, so many of the featured competitions will be aired on a tape-delay in the United States across NBC, its family of networks and its streaming platform, Peacock.


Opening Ceremony Time, Date

  • Start date: Friday, July 23
  • Opening ceremony time: 7 a.m. ET
  • TV: NBC

Competition technically starts on Tuesday, July 20, but the Opening Ceremony is not until later that week on Friday, July 23, before the games conclude over two weeks later on Sunday, August 8.

The ceremony will be aired live originally at 7 a.m ET until 11 a.m., but for those looking to catch the event later that day, the network will re-air the ceremony in primetime, beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET and lasting until midnight.

2021 Olympics TV Schedule

Tuesday, July 20

SportEventTime (ET) | TV
SoftballJapan vs. Australia8 p.m. | NBCSN
SoftballUSA vs. Italy11 p.m. | NBCSN

Wednesday, July 21

SportEventTime (ET) | TV
SoftballMexico vs. Chile2 a.m. | NBCSN
Women's SoccerGreat Britain vs. Chile3:30 a.m. | Olympic Channel
Women's SoccerChina vs. Brazil4 a.m. | NBCSN
Women's SoccerU.S. vs. Sweden4:30 a.m. | USA
Women's SoccerJapan vs. Canada6:30 a.m. | NBCSN
Women's SoccerNetherlands vs. Zambia7 a.m. | USA
Women's SoccerAustralia vs. New Zealand7:30 a.m. | USA
SoftballU.S. vs. Canada8 p.m. | NBCSN
SoftballJapan vs. Mexico11 p.m. | NBCSN

Thursday, July 22

SportEventTime (ET) | TV
SoftballItaly vs. AustraliaNBCSN | 2 a.m.
Men's SoccerEgypt vs. Spain3:30 a.m. | Olympic Channel
Men's SoccerMexico vs. France4 a.m. | USA
Men's SoccerNew Zealand vs. South Korea4 a.m. | NBCSN
Men's SoccerIvory Coast vs. Saudi Arabi5:30 a.m. | Olympic Channel
Men's SoccerArgentina vs. Australia6:30 a.m. | Olympic Channel
Men's SoccerJapan vs. South Africa7 a.m. | NBCSN
Men's SoccerBrazil vs. Germany7:30 a.m. | USA
Men's SoccerHonduras vs. Romania8:30 a.m. | Olympic Channel
RowingQualifying7:30 p.m. | NBCSN

Friday, July 23

SportEventTime (ET) | TV
Opening Ceremony7 a.m. | NBC
RowingQualifying7:30 p.m. ET | USA
CyclingMen's Road Race7:30 p.m. ET | USA
TennisMen's/Women's singles/doubles10 p.m. ET | Olympic Channel
Women's Water PoloU.S. vs. Japan12 a.m. | NBCSN

Saturday, July 24

SportEventTime (ET) | TV
TennisMen's/Women's singles/doubles2 a.m. | Olympic Channel
Women's Water PoloU.S. vs. Japan2 a.m. | NBCSN
SoftballU.S. vs. Mexico2 a.m. | NBCSN
ArcheryMixed Team Final2 a.m. | NBCSN
Women's SoccerSweden vs. Australia2 a.m. | NBCSN
CyclingMen's Road Race2 a.m. | USA
Beach VolleyballWomen's Qualifying2 a.m. | USA
SwimmingQualifying2 a.m. | USA
Beach VolleyballMen's Qualifying2 a.m. | USA
BasketballMen's 3x32 a.m. | USA
Men's GymnasticsQualifying6 a.m. | Peacock
Men's VolleyballU.S. vs. France6 a.m. | Peacock
Women's SoccerU.S. vs. New Zealand7:30 a.m. | NBCSN
Men's VolleyballU.S. vs. France9 a.m. | NBC
Beach VolleyballWomen's Qualifying8 p.m. | NBC
SwimmingFinals8 p.m. | NBC
SkateboardingMen's Street Final8 p.m. | USA
CyclingWomen's Road Race8 p.m. | USA
SoftballU.S. vs. Australia8 p.m. | CNBC
TennisMen's/Women's singles/doubles10 p.m. | Olympic Channel
SkateboardingMen's Street Qualifying11:30 p.m. | NBC
Men's Water PoloU.S. vs. Japan1 a.m. | CNBC

Sunday, July 25

SportEventTime (ET) | TV
Men's Water PoloMen's Water Polo2 a.m. | CNBC
DivingWomen's Synchronized Springboard Final2 a.m. | CNBC
ArcheryWomen's Team Final2 a.m. | CNBC
TennisMen's/Women's singles/doubles2 a.m. | Olympic Channel
CyclingWomen's Road Race2 a.m. | USA
Women's 3x3 BasketballU.S. vs. Romania2 a.m. | USA
SwimmingQualifying2 a.m. | USA
Men's SoccerBrazil vs. Ivory Coast4:30 a.m. | NBCSN
GymnasticsWomen's Qualifying6 a.m. | Peacock
Men's BasketballU.S. vs. France6 a.m. | Peacock
Men's SoccerAustralia vs. Spain6:30 a.m. | NBCSN
TriathlonMen's Final5:30 p.m. | USA
Beach VolleyballWomen's Qualifying5:30 p.m. | USA
TriathlonMen's Final7 p.m. | NBC
SkateboardingWomen's Street Final8 p.m. | CNBC
RugbyMen's Qualifying8 p.m. | CNBC
SkateboardingWomen's Street Final8 p.m. | CNBC
Men's BasketballArgentina vs. Slovenia8 p.m. | CNBC
SoftballU.S. vs. Japan9 p.m. | USA
SwimmingFinals9:30 p.m. | NBC
Basketball3x311 p.m. | USA
Beach VolleyballWomen's Qualifying11 p.m. | USA
Women's Water PoloU.S. vs. China11 p.m. | USA
SkateboardingWomen's Street Final11:30 p.m. | NBC

Monday, July 26

SportEventTime (ET) | TV
Men's BasketballArgentina vs. Slovenia2 a.m. | CNBC
Shooting SkeetMen's Final2 a.m. | CNBC
ArcheryMen's Team Final2 a.m. | CNBC
TennisMen's/Women's Second Round2 a.m. | Olympic Channel
Women's Water PoloU.S. vs. China2 a.m. | USA
DivingMen's Synchronized Platform Final2 a.m. | USA
Canoe SlalomMen's Final2 a.m. | USA
RugbyMen's Qualifying2 a.m. | USA
SwimmingQualifying2 a.m. | USA
Basketball3x32 a.m. | USA
Men's VolleyballBrazil vs. Argentina2 a.m. | USA
Beach VolleyballWomen's Qualifying8 p.m. | CNBC
Men's Water PoloU.S. vs. South Africa8 p.m. | CNBC
SwimmingFinals9:30 p.m. | NBC
TennisMen's Round 2 Singles10 p.m. | Olympic Channel
TennisWomen's Round 3 Singles10 p.m. | Olympic Channel
RugbyMen's Qualifying10 p.m. | CNBC
FencingWomen's Team Epee Quarterfinals10 p.m. | CNBC
Beach VolleyballMen's Qualifying11 p.m. | USA
SoftballBronze Medal Game12 a.m. | CNBC
Women's BasketballU.S. vs. Nigeria12:40 a.m. | USA

Tuesday, July 27

SportEventTime (ET) | TV
DivingWomen's Synchronized Platform Final2 a.m. | USA
Canoe SlalomWomen's Final2 a.m. | USA
Beach VolleyballWomen's Qualifying2 a.m. | NBCSN
RugbyMen's Quarterfinal2 a.m. | NBCSN
TennisMen's Singles, Round 22 a.m. | Olympic Channel
TennisWomen's Singles, Round 32 a.m. | Olympic Channel
TennisMen's & Women's Doubles, Quarters2 a.m. | Olympic Channel
Women's BasketballU.S. vs. Nigeria2 a.m. | USA
CyclingWomen's Mountain Bike2 a.m. | USA
SwimmingQualifying2 a.m. | USA
3x3 BasketballQuarterfinals2 a.m. | USA
Beach VolleyballMen's Qualifying8 p.m. | USA
Table TennisWomen's Quarterfinals8 p.m. | USA
Men's VolleyballU.S. vs. Tunisia8 p.m. | USA
Canoe SlalomQualifying8 p.m. | USA
RowingFinals & Semifinals8 p.m. | CNBC
CyclingWomen's Time Trial8 p.m. | CNBC
CyclingMen's Time Trial8 p.m. | CNBC
TennisMen's Doubles, Semifinals10 p.m. | Olympic Channel
TennisMixed Doubles, Round 110 p.m. | Olympic Channel
Canoe SlalomQualifying12 a.m. | NBC
Women's Water PoloU.S. vs. Hungary12 a.m. | NBC
Men's BasketballU.S. vs. Iran12:40 a.m. | Peacock

Wednesday, July 28

SportEventTime (ET) | TV
CyclingMen's Individual Time Trial2 a.m. | CNBC
TennisMen's Singles, Round 32 a.m. | Olympic Channel
TennisWomen's Singles & Doubles, Quarterfinals2 a.m. | Olympic Channel
TennisMen's Doubles, Semifinals2 a.m. | Olympic Channel
TennisMixed, First Round2 a.m. | Olympic Channel
Canoe SlalomQualifying2 a.m. | USA
Women's Basketball3x3 Semifinals2 a.m. | USA
RugbyMen's Bronze Medal & Final2 a.m. | USA
Men's Basketball3x3 Semifinals2 a.m. | USA
SwimmingQualifying2 a.m. | USA
3x3 BasketballFinals2 a.m. | USA
GolfMen's First Round6:30 p.m. | Golf Channel
SwimmingFinals8 p.m. | NBC
Beach VolleyballQualifying8 p.m. | USA
RugbyWomen's Qualifying8 p.m. | USA
Table TennisWomen's Semifinals8 p.m. | USA
Men's Water PoloU.S. vs. Italy8 p.m. | USA
RowingFinals8 p.m. | CNBC
CyclingBMX Racing Quarterfinals8 p.m. | CNBC
FencingWomen's Team Foil Semifinals8 p.m. | CNBC
TennisMen's Singles & Mixed, Quarterfinals10 p.m. | Olympic Channel
TennisMixed Singles & Doubles, Semifinals10 p.m. | Olympic Channel

Thursday, July 29

SportEventTime (ET) | TV
FencingWomen's Team Foil Semifinals2 a.m. | CNBC
TennisMen's Singles & Mixed, Quarterfinals2 a.m. | Olympic Channel
TennisWomen's Singles & Doubles, Semifinals2 a.m. | Olympic Channel
FencingWomen's Team Foil Bronze Medal & Final2 a.m. | NBCSN
Men's Water PoloU.S. vs. Italy2 a.m. | USA
Canoe SlalomWomen's Final2 a.m. | USA
RugbyWomen's Qualifying2 a.m. | USA
SwimmingQualifying2 a.m. | USA
Women's VolleyballU.S. vs. Turkey2 a.m. | USA
GymnasticsWomen's All-Around6 a.m. | Peacock
Men's BasketballSpain vs. Argentina8 a.m. | NBCSN
Men's VolleyballU.S. vs. Brazil8 p.m. | CNBC
Beach VolleyballWomen's Qualifying8 p.m. | CNBC
RowingFinals8 p.m. | CNBC
Women's RugbyU.S. vs. Australia8 p.m. | CNBC
CyclingBMX Racing Finals8 p.m. | CNBC
GymnasticsWomen's Trampoline Finals8 p.m. | CNBC
TennisMen's Singles & Mixed, Semifinals11 p.m. | Olympic Channel
TennisMen's Doubles, Finals11 p.m. | Olympic Channel

Friday, July 30

SportEventTime (ET) | TV
GymnasticsWomen's Trampoline Finals2 a.m. | CNBC
Women's Water PoloU.S. vs. Taiwan2 a.m. | CNBC
ArcheryWomen's Individual Finals2 a.m. | CNBC
Women's VolleyballChina vs. Taiwan2 a.m. | NBCSN
TennisMen's Doubles Finals, Bronze Medal2 a.m. | Olympic Channel
TennisMen's Singles, Doubles Semifinals2 a.m. | Olympic Channel
Women's BasketballU.S. vs. Japan2 a.m. | USA
DivingWomen's Springboard Qualifying2 a.m. | USA
Women's SoccerQuarterfinals4 a.m. | NBCSN
Women's RugbyQuarterfinals4:30 a.m. | USA
SwimmingQualifying6 a.m. | USA
Beach VolleyballMen's Qualifying9 a.m. | NBCSN
Men's VolleyballFrance vs. Taiwan10 a.m. | NBCSN
CyclingBMX Freestyle Qualifying2 p.m. | USA
TriathlonMixed Relay6:30 p.m. | USA
Track & FieldQualifying8 p.m. | USA
Track & FieldWomen's 400m Hurdles Round 18 p.m. | NBC
Beach VolleyballWomen's Qualifying8 p.m. | NBC
SwimmingFinals8 p.m. | NBC
Beach VolleyballWomen's Qualifying8 p.m. | CNBC
CyclingWomen's BMX Freestyle Qualifying8 p.m. | CNBC
Women's VolleyballU.S. vs. Taiwan8 p.m. | CNBC
FencingWomen's Team Sabre Semifinals8 p.m. | CNBC
GymnasticsMen's Trampoline Finals8 p.m. | CNBC
TennisWomen's Singles Finals, Bronze Medal11 p.m. | Olympic Channel
TennisMen's Singles Bronze Medal11 p.m. | Olympic Channel
TennisWomen's Doubles Bronze Medal, Mixed Doubles Bronze Medal11 p.m. | Olympic Channel

Saturday, July 31

SportEventTime (ET) | TV
GymnasticsMen's Trampoline Finals2 a.m. | CNBC
ArcheryMen's Individual Finals2 a.m. | CNBC
DivingWomen's Springboard Semifinals2 a.m. | USA
TennisWomen's Singles Finals, Bronze Medal2 a.m. | Olympic Channel
TennisMen's Singles Bronze Medal2 a.m. | Olympic Channel
TennisWomen's Doubles, Mixed Doubles Bronze Medal2 a.m. | Olympic Channel
Men's SoccerQuarterfinals4 a.m. | USA
Women's RugbyFinal & Bronze Medal4:30 a.m. | USA
Men's SoccerQuarterfinals5:30 a.m. | USA
BaseballU.S. vs. Korea6 a.m. | NBCSN
Track & FieldMen's Long Jump, Women's 100m, Men's 100m6 a.m. | Peacock
FencingMen's Team Foil Semifinals10:30 a.m. | USA
GolfMen's Final Round6:30 p.m. | Golf Channel
Beach VolleyballWomen's Elimination Round8 p.m. | NBC
SwimmingFinals8 p.m. | NBC
WrestlingQualifying8 p.m. | CNBC
BadmintonMen's Singles Semifinals8 p.m. | CNBC
Beach VolleyballElimination Round8 p.m. | CNBC
Track & FieldFinals and Qualifying8 p.m. | USA
TennisMen's Singles Finals11 p.m. | Olympic Channel
TennisWomen's Doubles Finals, Mixed Doubles Finals11 p.m. | Olympic Channel
Beach VolleyballMen's Elimination Round12 a.m. | NBC

Sunday, August 1

SportEventTime (ET) | TV
Men's HandballNorway vs. France2 a.m. | CNBC
TennisWomen's Doubles Finals2 a.m. | Olympic Channel
TennisMen's Singles Finals2 a.m. | Olympic Channel
TennisMixed Doubles Finals2 a.m. | Olympic Channel
DivingWomen's Springboard Finals2 a.m. | USA
Men's HandballDenmark vs. Sweden2 a.m. | USA
WeightliftingWomen's Finals3:30 a.m. | NBCSN
FencingMen's Team Foil Finals3:30 a.m. | NBCSN
BadmintonWomen's Singles Finals3:30 a.m. | NBCSN
GymnasticsEvent Finals4 a.m. | Peacock
Track & FieldFinals & Semifinals4 a.m. | Peacock
Track & FieldFinals & Qualifying8 p.m. | USA
Beach VolleyballMen's Elimination Round8 p.m. | CNBC
Field HockeyWomen's Quarterfinals8 p.m. | CNBC
BadmintonWomen's Doubles Bronze Medal & Finals8 p.m. | CNBC
Men's Water PoloU.S. vs. Greece10:30 p.m. | CNBC
CanoeingSpring Qualifying11:30 p.m. | NBC
Women's VolleyballU.S. vs. Italy12 a.m. | NBC
Women's BasketballU.S. vs. France12:40 a.m. | USA
Men's BasketballQuarterfinals12:40 a.m. | Peacock

Monday, August 2

SportEventTime (ET) | TV
DivingMen's Springboard Qualifying2 a.m. | CNBC
Beach VolleyballElimination Round2 a.m. | NBCSN
WeightliftingWomen's Finals2 a.m. | NBCSN
BadmintonMen's Singles Finals2 a.m. | NBCSN
Women's SoccerSemifinals4 a.m. | USA
Women's SoccerSemifinals4 a.m. | USA
Beach VolleyballElimination Round4 a.m. | USA
Men's Water PoloSpain vs. Croatia4 a.m. | USA
GymnasticsEvent Finals4 a.m. | Peacock
Track & FieldFinals, Semifinals & Qualifying4 a.m. | Peacock
WrestlingQualifying10 p.m. | Olympic Channel
Women's Water PoloQuarterfinals11 p.m. | USA
CanoeingSprint Finals11:30 p.m. | NBC
Men's VolleyballQuarterfinals11:30 p.m. | NBC

Tuesday, August 3

SportEventTime (ET) | TV
DivingMen's Springboard Finals2 a.m. | CNBC
Men's SoccerSemifinals4 a.m. | NBCSN
Beach VolleyballWomen's Quarterfinals4 a.m. | NBCSN
SwimmingWomen's Marathon4 a.m. | NBCSN
GymnasticsEvent Finals4 a.m. | Peacock
Track & FieldFinals, Semifinals & Qualifying4 a.m. | Peacock
WrestlingFinals5 a.m. | Olympic Channel
Men's BasketballQuarterfinals8 a.m. | USA
Men's VolleyballQuarterfinals9:50 a.m. | USA
GolfWomen's Round 16:30 p.m. | Golf Channel
Track & FieldFinals, Semifinals & Qualifying8 p.m. | NBC
Track & FieldFinals & Semifinals8 p.m. | USA
WrestlingQualifying10 p.m. | Olympic Channel
Women's VolleyballQuarterfinals12 a.m. | NBC
Men's BasketballSemifinals12:15 a.m. | Peacock

Wednesday, August 4

SportEventTime (ET) | TV
Women's BasketballQuarterfinals2 a.m. | USA
DivingWomen's Platform Qualifying2 a.m. | USA
Artistic SwimmingDuet Finals2 a.m. | USA
Women's VolleyballQuarterfinals2 a.m. | NBCSN
EquestrianIndividual Jumping Finals2 a.m. | NBCSN
SwimmingMen's Marathon2 a.m. | NBCSN
WrestlingFinals5 a.m. | Olympic Channel
Track & FieldSemifinals & Finals6 a.m. | Peacock
GolfWomen's Round 26:30 p.m. | Golf Channel
Beach VolleyballWomen's Semifinals8 p.m. | NBC
Track & FieldFinals, Semifinals & Qualifying8 p.m. | NBC
CanoeingSprint Finals8 p.m. | CNBC
WrestlingQualifying10 p.m. | Olympic Channel
Men's VolleyballSemifinals12 a.m. | NBC

Thursday, August 5

SportEventTime (ET) | TV
Women's Water PoloSemifinals2 a.m. | CNBC
DivingWomen's Platform Finals2 a.m. | USA
Women's SoccerBronze Medal2 a.m. | USA
Track & FieldMen's 20km Walk2 a.m. | NBCSN
WrestlingFinals5:15 a.m. | Olympic Channel
Women's Water PoloSemifinals6 a.m. | USA
Men's VolleyballSemifinals6 a.m. | USA
Track & FieldFinals & Semifinals6 a.m. | Peacock
Men's BasketballSemifinals7 a.m. | NBCSN
Track & FieldMen's 50km Walk4:30 p.m. | NBCSN
GolfWomen's Round 36:30 p.m. | Golf Channel
Women's SoccerFinals10 p.m. | USA
Women's VolleyballSemifinals10 p.m. | USA
WrestlingFinals10 p.m. | Olympic Channel
Women's SoccerFinals11:30 p.m. | NBC

Friday, August 6

SportEventTime (ET) | TV
Men's Water PoloSemifinals2 a.m. | CNBC
DivingMen's Platform Qualifying2 a.m. | USA
Women's HandballSemifinals2 a.m. | USA
Track & FieldWomen's 20km Walk3:30 a.m. | NBCSN
Field HockeyWomen's Finals5:15 a.m. | Olympic Channel
Women's VolleyballSemifinals6 a.m. | USA
Track & FieldFinals & Semifinals6 a.m. | USA
Men's SoccerBronze Medal6 a.m. | Peacock
Track & FieldWomen's Marathon6 p.m. | USA
GolfWomen's Final Round6:30 p.m. | Golf Channel
Track & FieldWomen's Marathon8 p.m. | NBC
Men's BasketballFinals10:30 p.m. | NBC
BaseballBronze Medal11:30 p.m. | CNBC
Men's VolleyballBronze Medal12:30 a.m. | USA

Saturday, August 7

SportEventTime (ET) | TV
Men's VolleyballBronze Medal2 a.m. | USA
DivingMen's Platform Finals2 a.m. | USA
Women's Water PoloFinals2 a.m. | USA
Women's BasketballBronze Medal2 a.m. | CNBC
Men's BasketballBronze Medal5:15 a.m. | USA
WrestlingFinals6 a.m. | Olympic Channel
Track & FieldFinals6 a.m. | Peacock
Men's SoccerFinals7:30 a.m. | NBCSN
Men's VolleyballFinals8 a.m. | NBC
Track & FieldMen's Marathon6 p.m. | USA
Women's VolleyballBronze Medal6 p.m. | USA
Women's VolleyballFinals11:30 p.m. | USA
Men's Water PoloBronze Medal12:30 a.m. | CNBC
BoxingFinals12:30 a.m. | CNBC

Sunday, August 8

SportEventTime (ET) | TV
BoxingFinals2 a.m. | CNBC
Women's VolleyballFinals2 a.m. | USA
Men's Water PoloFinals2 a.m. | USA
Closing Ceremony8 p.m. | NBC

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