After being postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Tokyo Olympics are finally underway. While some events kicked off on Wednesday, the opening ceremony takes place on Friday, marking the official start of the Games.
Despite the time difference, the opening ceremony will be televised live in the United States. The ceremony is scheduled to begin Friday, July 23 at 6:55 a.m. ET on NBC and will premiere in prime time at 7:30 p.m. ET. It will also stream on the NBC Sports app and on nbcolympics.com.
Emperor of Japan Naruhito is expected to participate in the ceremony, and First Lady Jill Biden will be present.
The Opening Ceremony, and indeed the Tokyo Games themselves, will take place under unusual circumstances with. Tokyo is currently in its fourth state of emergency as cases continue to increase in the capital. Several athletes, including the rising star of American tennis , have already had to withdraw from the Games due to positive tests.
Despite the challenges of hosting the event in the midst of a pandemic, with athletes and support staff coming from all over the world, the Games are expected to continue.
Below is the schedule for some of the most anticipated events, including Simone Biles’ gymnastics competitions and the United States Women’s National Team soccer matches. You can also find coverage of the Games on CBS Sports.