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When is the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony?

The Tokyo Olympics get under way this month after a year-long delay caused by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

With the Japanese capital entering a fourth state of emergency as a result of the pandemic, it was declared this month that spectators will not be able to attend the summer Games.

It had already been determined that international fans would be excluded from the Olympics, and there will be a reduced number of staff and officials.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Tokyo Olympic Games:

When is the opening ceremony?

The opening ceremony for the summer Games will take place on Friday 23 July at 8pm local time, which is 12pm BST.

How can I watch the opening ceremony?

The ceremony will be broadcast live on BBC One and BBC iPlayer with coverage beginning at 11:20am BST.

When do the events start?

The actual sporting events will begin on Saturday 24 July.

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What is the schedule for the Games and which sports are involved?

A comprehensive day-by-day guide to the Olympics can be found by clicking here.

When do the Games end?

The final sporting events will be held on Sunday 8 August.

The closing ceremony also takes place on 8 August.

When are the Paralympics?

The summer Paralympic Games follows the Olympics. They will take place in Tokyo from Tuesday 24 August until Sunday 5 September.

What is the time difference?

Japan is eight hours ahead of the UK, 14 hours ahead of US Central time, 16 hours ahead of US Pacific Standard time and 13 hours ahead of Eastern time.