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Get Ready for the 2020 Summer Games with Countdown to Tokyo

Countdown to Toyko and Guide to the Games begin February 4th on YurView

The countdown has begun! We’re officially less than 6 months away from the start of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Japan’s capital city of Tokyo.

Opening ceremonies are scheduled to start July 24th, followed by 2 weeks of Olympic coverage. Athletes from over 200 countries will compete for medals in 339 events representing 33 different sports. This year, five new sports will premiere – baseball/softball, skateboarding, surfing, sport climbing and karate.

If you’re excited about the 2020 Summer Olympics, you’ll want to know all the latest information leading up to opening ceremonies. What preparations go into putting on such a massive event? How can you stay up to date with 33 sports, 300+ events, thousands of athletes, venues and host city?

Beginning February 4th, YurView launches unique and exciting programming leading up to the start of the 2020 games. Plus special features throughout the two weeks of Olympic coverage.

We kick things off with ‘Countdown to Tokyo’ (Tuesdays at 7:00 pm) and ‘Guide to the Games’ (Tuesdays at 7:30 pm), plus special segments of ‘Destination Toyko’ and ‘The Daily Review’.

Here’s a look at all the YurView Olympic programming and a preview of what’s coming up the first couple of weeks.

Countdown to Toyko (February 4 – July 24)

‘Countdown to Tokyo’ is a weekly 30-minute magazine-style program covering all the developments leading up to the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games. Get the latest updates on preparations plus in-depth coverage about participating countries, athletes and host city.

Preview of Episode 1:

  • Kenya’s cardio king Conseslus Kiprupto looks to defend his Steeplechase crown in Tokyo.
  • The worlds best with a sword get straight to the point at the Makuhari Messe Hall.
  • A big reveal for the world of Hockey.
  • Who will make waves when Surfing makes its Olympic debut?
  • A marathon move to Sapporo has ended with a set course around the city.

Preview of Episode 2:

  • South African swimmer Chad Le Clos looks for Tokyo gold after missing in Rio.
  • Croatia’s discus champion Sandra Perkovic’s Cuban crisis and Germany seeks a return to past Olympic glories.
  • Five gold medallists who missed Rio gold eye off Tokyo for redemption.
  • Schools in for USA’ gymnast Simone Biles.

Watch new episodes of Countdown to Tokyo on your local YurView channel every Tuesday at 7:00 pm and replays Friday at 7:00 pm (check local listings for channel information in your region).

Guide to the Games (February 4 – July 24)

‘Guide to the Games’ provides insight into the various sports and disciplines at the Tokyo 2020 Games. The 30-minute series focuses on two main areas – the sporting events and competitors. Get detailed backgrounds on the 33 sports and explanations about rules, event dates and venues. We’ll also examine the qualification process and the countries, teams and athletes expected to contend for medals.

Preview of Episode 1:

  • The Olympic 400-meter race is steeped in history, and at Tokyo 2020, all eyes will be on South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk, looking to recover from a devastating injury.
  • 2016 400-meter silver medalist Kirani James underperformed at the 2019 world titles and must lift for Tokyo.
  • Timothy Cheruiyot hopes Tokyo will yield a maiden Olympic gold in the 1500-meters.

Preview of Episode 2:

  • Kento Momota was the standout men’s badminton performer in 2019, and hits Tokyo 2020 as the red hot favorite in his Olympic debut.
  • In women’s badminton, China’s dominance has ended with Spain’s Carolina Marin, India’s P.V. Sindhu and Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara hoping to cash in.
  • Who will claim gold in the rejuvenated modern pentathlon?

Right after Countdown to Tokyo, watch Guide to the Games every Tuesday at 7:30 pm and replays on Friday at 7:30 pm (check local listing for the YurView channel in your region).

Destination Tokyo

destination tokyo

A great cross-section of colorful features related to the Tokyo 2020 Games. Includes preparations, venues, the host city, people involved, and the sports and athletes that are prominent throughout the games.

The Daily Review (every day during Olympic coverage)

the daily review

Throughout the 2020 Toyko Olympic Games, YurView keeps you in the loop with daily video segments highlighting all the day’s action, along with the latest updates, results and medal count. To get the latest videos, subscribe to 2020 Summer games on YouTube.