When do the 2021 Olympics start? What new events will there be in Tokyo? Here’s what you need to know about Summer Olympics

The Tokyo Olympics are once again just around the corner.

After a yearlong postponement due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Games are set to kick off later this summer in Tokyo, despite the ongoing spread of COVID-19 and lingering concerns in Japan. Though the Olympics will be taking place in 2021 due to the postponement, they will continue to be officially branded as the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Here's everything else you need to know about when the Olympics will start, the schedule for this year's premier events and how you can watch Simone Biles, Katie Ledecky and the rest of Team USA's stars compete for gold.

Are the Olympics still happening?

Yes. Although much of Japan is under a state of emergency due to COVID-19, and polls indicate that the majority of the Japanese public would prefer that the Games be canceled, organizers continue to say the event will go on as scheduled this summer.

The International Olympic Committee has said it is now in the "operational phase" of planning, which means it is beginning to make final preparations on the ground for the hosting of the Games. And Dick Pound, the IOC's longest-serving member, told The London Evening Standard in late May that only "Armageddon" could stop the Tokyo Olympics from being held at this point.

When do the Olympics start?

The Tokyo Olympics will begin on Friday, July 23, with the opening ceremony at Tokyo's Olympic Stadium. 

The opening ceremony will take place at 8 p.m. local time in Japan, which will be 7 a.m. ET in the United States. NBC will broadcast the entire opening ceremony live, with coverage slated to begin at 6:55 a.m. ET. 

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