Cover The Tokyo 2020 Paralympics is starting next week on August 24. Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch the Games in Hong Kong (Photo: Hong Kong Paralympic swimmer Kelvin Tang Wai-lok; courtesy of Courtesy of the Hong Kong Paralympic Committee & Sports Association for the Physically Disabled)

With the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics set to begin today (August 24), we break down everything you need to know about the events and how you can tune in to watch Hong Kong athletes compete for gold

A couple of weeks after the recently concluded Summer Olympics in Tokyo, the Paralympic Games is set to begin! A prominent event on the sporting calendar that allows disabled athletes to shine on a global stage, the Paralympics will take place from August 24 (Tuesday) to September 5 (Sunday). Just like the Olympic Games, the opening ceremony for the event will take place at the same venue—the newly-built National Stadium at 8pm local time (7pm HKT).

Over the 13 days, around 4,400 athletes from over 160 countries will compete in 539 events across 22 sports. Hong Kong will be represented by 24 athletes participating in a variety of sports, including badminton, table tennis and athletics.

Getting excited for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics? We’ve compiled a guide on what to expect from the Games, full competition schedules, and how to watch the events and support our homegrown athletes on TV. 

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Where can I watch or stream Tokyo Paralympics 2020?

Sports fans in Hong Kong can watch the Paralympics through five local television stations, including TVB, ViuTV, Fantastic Television, Cable TV and NowTV. According to an official statement issued by the government, these stations are required to broadcast the opening and closing ceremonies live, as well as highlights of the Games on a daily basis.

RTHK will also air the ceremonies and some of the events live along with the TV stations, where additional services such as sign language interpretation and a third soundtrack presented in Urdu will be provided to cater to minority groups.  

Further details on the official broadcast schedules will be announced on the TV stations’ official websites and social media channels, as we get closer to the event date.

What is the time difference between Hong Kong and Japan?

Japan is only an hour ahead of Hong Kong, meaning you don’t have to stay up late or wake up early to catch the events! 

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What can viewers expect from Tokyo Paralympics 2020? What new sports are coming to the Games?

The Tokyo Paralympic Games will feature 539 events across 22 sports hosted at 21 venues, with athletes from over 160 countries competing for gold in a wide range of sports such as archery, athletics, cycling, equestrian, table tennis, sitting volleyball, and many more. Two new sports, badminton and taekwondo will make their debut at Paralympics this year.

The Hong Kong team will send 24 athletes to compete in eight sports, namely archery, athletics, boccia, equestrian, swimming, table tennis, wheelchair fencing and badminton. A team of 40 people, including coaches, sports scientists and medical officials, will be joining the athletes in Tokyo as well.

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Where can I find the official schedules for Paralympics?

You can read the full competition schedule on the official Olympics website. Here are some highly-anticipated events to add to your calendar:

  • Archery: August 27 – September 4
  • Athletics: August 27 – September 5
  • Badminton: September 1-5
  • Boccia: August 28 – September 4
  • Equestrian: August 26-30
  • Swimming: August 25 – September 3
  • Table Tennis: August 25 – September 3
  • Taekwondo: September 2-4
  • Wheelchair Basketball: August 25 – September 5
  • Wheelchair Fencing: August 25 – August 29

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