On Sunday night the Olympic cauldron will be extinguished, and we’ll put to bed the 2020 Tokyo Games for good. The Games of the 32nd Olympiad had some fantastic competition on the fields, courts, water, rock walls, skate parks, shooting ranges, rings, and dojos. But the lack of fans, extreme restrictions on the movement of athletes, and general opposition from the Japanese people gave them a feel of happening in a sanitized bubble.
But the good news about the world losing 2020 is we’ll get to do this again in six months, but this time in Beijing with the 2022 Winter Games, and hopefully the pandemic will be more behind us by then and we can see something that feels more normal.
If you are not in front of a television, NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports mobile app will both offer streaming coverage, but you’ll need a cable subscription for access. If you don’t have one, you can get a free trial for USA and NBC Sports Network through YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream the contests.
Usually Closing Ceremonies have athletes from all over the world enter the field stadium together, but most are already home due to the rule requiring athletes to leave Japan 48 hours after the end of competition. Much like the Opening Ceremonies, this won’t feel normal. But we’ll see how the Tokyo Olympic Committee can do to make it fun, and the Parisian Olympic Committee for the 2024 Games will take the Olympic flag, as well as part of the ceremony.