How to watch Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony in Australia

Here's what and where to watch your favourite Olympic sports
Here's what and where to watch your favourite Olympic sports

The action may have already started but tonight is the "official" start of the Tokyo Olympics.

Already footballers and softballers have strutted their stuff, tonight it's all about the Olympic Opening Ceremony tonight.

For those in AEST time zones, the ceremony will begin at 9pm, while those in the west can watch it from 7pm.

And by the looks of the Tokyo weather, with Typhoon In-fa crossing Japan's Miyako Islands, your couch might be the safest bet. Then - let the action begin ...

Before you read any further, you'll need to download the 7Plus app or at least figure out how to get it on your smart tv.

Seven has the rights to cover the event and will be broadcasting across Seven, 7mate, 7TWO, 7Plus and across 45 live channels. Basically, any sport you love will be available to watch - perfect for anyone fighting off lockdown blues.

If you're wondering what's on and when, this competition schedule, tells you exactly what to expect. The softball competition has already started and you can catch up on the key moments from Australia's first game here.

All the below events will be available to watch on 7Plus.

When can I watch the Tokyo Olympics 2021 opening ceremony?

The Tokyo opening ceremony is unlikely to be like the spectacle we saw in London 2012 but it may be worth a watch just to see how sobering it ends up being. You can watch it live on Channel 7 at 8.30pm.

When can I watch Team Australia in the key Olympic competitions?

Football (soccer) - The Matildas

The Matildas play their first match in Group G at 9.30pm on July 21. They'll be up against New Zealand. The match will be shown on Channel Seven and will be live streamed on the 7Plus app.

They will play Sweden on Saturday, July 24 at 6.30pm and the USA on Tuesday, July 27 at 6pm.

Football (soccer) - The Olyroos

The Olyroos play their first match on July 22 at 8.30pm against Argentina. You can watch it on 7mate.

They will play Spain on Sunday, July 25 at 7.30pm and Egypt on Wednesday, July 28 at 8pm.

Artistic Gymnastics

The Artistic Gymnastics competition is always a must-watch event even if you're team doesn't make it beyond the first round.

The team all-around events are where the most exciting routines can usually be found. The men's team all-around final is on July 26 at 7.55pm and the women's is on July 27 at 8.40pm where Team USA is expected to break all the records.


Australia plays Japan in the men's team's first hockey match on July 24 at 10.30am while the women face China at 1.15pm on July 26.

Cycling - Men

The men's road race starts at 11.5pm on July 24th. Ritchie Porte, Rohan Dennis, Lucas Hamilton and Luke Durbridge are all contenders in the 244km race.

Cycling - Women

The women's road race starts at 1.50pm on July 25.with the medal ceremony expected around 6.35pm. The course will start at Musashinonomori Park, ending at the Fuji International Speedway in Tokyo. Amanda Spratt, Grace Brown, Sarah Gigante and Tiffany Cromwell are all competing for Australia.


The 3x3 Basketball competition starts on July 24 at 11.10am and continues until July 28.

The Boomers first game is against Nigeria and will be played at 6.20pm on Sunday, July 25 while the women's team's first game is against Belgium and will be held on July 27 at 6.10pm.


The first round of swimming finals and semi-finals is on July 26 you can expect the following races:

  • Women's 100m Butterfly Final at 11.30am.
  • Men's 100m Breaststroke Final at 12.12pm
  • Women's 400m Freestyle Final at 12.20pm
  • Men's 4x100m Freestyle Relay Final at 1.05pm


Rounds 1 and 2 of the surfing competition start at 7.55am on Sunday, July 25 running all day until 5.23pm. Stephanie Gilmore, Sally Fitzgibbons, Julian Wilson and Owen Wright will make history as Australia's first Olympic surfers at Tsurigasaki Beach in Chiba.

Of course we're assuming we'll have someone in the finals. They will be held on July 28 starting at 9am.


The first skateboarding event in the Olympics takes place on Sunday, July 25 at 9.55am with the Men's Street competition. The final starts at 1.25pm and will be followed by the medal ceremony.

It's the women's turn on Monday, July 26. The final will be held at 1.25pm with the medal ceremony at 2.40pm.


You'll have to be patient for the showjumping competition. The popular event will be on August 7 at 7.55pm.

Track and Field

The track and field events won't start until July 30, with the 3000m men's steeplechase starting off proceedings at 10am, followed by high jump and the women's 800m.

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