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CBC’s live coverage of the Tokyo 2020 Opening Ceremony begins Friday, July 23 at 6:30 a.m. ET (3:30 a.m. PT) on CBC TV, CBC News Network, TSN and Sportsnet

Live streaming will be available via CBC Gem, and the CBC Olympics appTweet this release:

July 19, 2021 – This Friday, CBC invites audiences across the country to mark the official start of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 with extensive coverage of the Opening Ceremony beginning at 7 a.m. ET (4 a.m. PT). Co-hosted by Olympic Games Primetime’s Scott Russell and The National’s Adrienne Arsenault, Canadians won’t miss a moment of the excitement from the Olympic Stadium, with live coverage on CBC, CBC News Network, TSN and Sportsnet. Live streams of the Opening Ceremony will also be available via the free CBC Gem streaming service, CBC’s dedicated Tokyo 2020 website (, and the CBC Olympics app for iOS and Android devices, as well as various additional platforms listed below. 

CBC’s coverage of the Opening Ceremony will be presented in an accessible manner with closed captioning, described video and ASL integrations. It will also be offered in eight Indigenous languages including Eastern Cree, Dehcho Dene, Dënësųłinë́ Yałtı, Gwichʼin, Inuktitut, Inuvialuktun, Sahtu Dene and Tłı̨chǫ. For information on CBC/Radio-Canada’s multilingual coverage click

Festivities kick off at 6:30 a.m. ET (3:30 a.m. PT) with the pre-Ceremony show, hosted by Olympic Games Morning’s Andi Petrillo, building anticipation for what’s to come. Starting at 7 a.m. ET (4 a.m. PT), Scott Russell will guide Canadians through the Opening Ceremony, including Team Canada’s entrance during the parade of nations, led for the first time by two flag-bearers in a display by all Nations of this gender-balanced Games. He will be joined in-studio by special contributor and author, Mark Sakamoto who will bring his own unique insights to the show. Meanwhile, Adrienne Arsenault will be on-site in the stadium to provide another perspective. A primetime broadcast of the Opening Ceremony will also air on CBC at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT). 

CBC’s Pre-Olympic coverage begins Wednesday, July 21 at 2 a.m. ET (July 20 at 11 p.m. PT) with Canada’s Women’s Softball team stepping up to the plate to take on Mexico. Then, at 6:30 a.m. ET (3:30 a.m. PT) the Women’s National Soccer team goes head-to-head with the host country, Japan.  The full event schedule for Tokyo 2020 can be found here

Whether on the go, at home with family and friends, or staying cozy in bed, audiences from coast-to-coast-to-coast will have a multitude of ways to enjoy all of CBC’s live Tokyo 2020 coverage. CBC, along with its broadcast partners TSN and Sportsnet, will offer more than 1275 hours of broadcast coverage, with an additional 2500 hours of live sport across CBC Gem, and the CBC Olympics app. CBC Radio One listeners will stay up-to-date with the five-minute LIVE at :25 Olympic Report, every hour during regional morning, noon and afternoon drive shows, providing news on Canadian athletes and teams. CBC Radio’s flagship news programs World Report, World This Hour and World at Six will also feature live reports and stories from CBC News reporters, gathering information on the ground in Japan. 

Audiences will also be able to watch CBC’s coverage of Tokyo 2020 live-streamed and on demand (on applicable content) through Amazon Prime Video, television service providers Bell, Rogers, Shaw and Telus, and via the CBC Gem and CBC TV apps through connected TV devices Apple TV, FireTV, Google Chromecast and Roku TV. Telelatino (TLN) will once again offer Men’s and Women’s football coverage and daily recaps. Select English and French highlights will also be available to Canadian publishing partners through STN Video. Viewers can contact their service providers for more information.

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