Tokyo 2020 Olympics LIVE Opening ceremony build-up, TV channel and start time

The Tokyo Olympics will get underway today with the opening ceremony – a year later than planned.

Due to the pandemic athletes from 200 different countries will take part in the ceremony in front of an almost empty stadium.

IOC president Thomas Bach said earlier this week: “I think It will be a moment of joy and relief when entering the stadium.”

As well as the opening ceremony there will also be qualifiers in the archery and rowing competitions

Already though the event has been embroiled in controversy after director Kentaro Kobayashi was dismissed over past comments that have resurfaced.

It is claimed he “ridiculed the painful facts of history,” according to Tokyo 2020 organisers, which were referencing anti-Semitic comments he made back in 1998.

Japanese musician Keigo Oyamada, who has composed the music for the opening and closing ceremonies, has also stepped down amid previous bullying allegations.

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