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How to watch the 2021 Tokyo Paralympics: times, TV, and how to watch online

A new Olympic flame is about to be lit for the 2021 Paralympic Games, where thousands of athletes from all over the world will vie for the gold in 539 events.

TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 23: Members of Team Australia during a Australia Wheelchair Tennis practice Session ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Ariake Tennis Park on August 23, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Yuichi Yamazaki/Getty Images for Interna
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The Opening Ceremony kicks off the festivities on Tuesday, Aug. 24 at the Olympic Stadium, where Australian cyclist Carol Cooke will once again wave the flag for her country at the age of 60.

You can watch the Ceremony live on NBCSN from 7-10 a.m. ET, with a replay at 7 p.m. After the replay, the broadcast will go straight to live coverage of the first day of competition.

Paralympic Games 2021 highlights

The athletes will be competing in 22 sports, with badminton and taekwondo making their debut.

There is much to look out for in this year’s Paralympics, including the performances of Team USA’s 56-year-old Para archer Lia Coryell who has multiple sclerosis and fought off covid-19, 13-time champion Jessica Long who dominates the pool, and Tatyana McFadden, an excellent wheelchair racer.

The Paralympics will run from Aug. 24 to Sept. 5, and NBCSN will have live broadcast of the Games every night from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. ET on most nights. Some events can also be viewed on NBC and the Olympic Channel.

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Firsts at the Tokyo Paralympics

This will be the first prime-time exposure on NBC for the Paralympic Games.

You can also catch the livestream of more than 1,000 hours of coverage of the sporting events on, Peacock, or the NBC Sports app.

The NBC Sports app can be downloaded on mobile phones and many streaming platforms including Apple TV and Android TV.

Aside from the record amount of programming and primetime exposure, the broadcast will also have firsts in providing accessibility features, with closed captioning and audio description made available to those who need it.


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