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Here’s How to Watch the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games Starting Today

It’s still wild to believe that Olympics season is upon us, and if you’re like me and you eat up these Games, then you’ll be ready to dive right into the Paralympics beginning today. NBC usually covers all things Olympics and Paralympics, and this year is no different. The one ~new~ thing the network is doing, though, is offering a whopping 1,200 hours (!!!) worth of Paralympics coverage. As it should!

The Tokyo Paralympics are taking place right after the Olympics, starting today and going into September. Obvi there is a huge time difference between here and Japan, so keep reading below for all the info you need to set cal reminders so you don’t miss these world-class athletes in action.

american athlete jessica long competes in the women's 400m freestyle during the 2016 rio paralympic games

American athlete Jessica Long competes in the women’s 400m freestyle during the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.

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When are the Paralympics?

The Paralympic Games take place from August 24 to September 5, meaning the Games have officially begun!

Where can I watch the Games?

Tune in via the OG cable network NBC, or try NBCSN or the Olympic Channel for coverage. For cable cutters, stream TV coverage of the Paralympics on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC sports app. Peacock, NBC’s subscription streaming service, will have coverage as well, including the medal rounds of men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball and women’s sitting volleyball.

What time will the Paralympic Games be on?

The Games will air live between 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. ET daily on NBCSN, which accounts for the 13-hour time difference from Tokyo.

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What should I plan on seeing?

There are 22 sports total in the Games, with badminton and tae kwon do appearing for the first time. Along with all the TV coverage, the streaming options will show competitions in nearly all sports, including: archery, badminton, boccia, canoe, cycling, equestrian, goalball, judo, marathon, rowing, shooting, sitting volleyball, soccer, swimming, table tennis, track and field, triathlon, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, and wheelchair tennis. Find the tentative schedule here.

Will there be accessible viewing options?

Yes! All TV coverage will offer closed captioning and video description services.

Will there be an Opening Ceremony?

Abso-frickin-lutely. And a Closing Ceremony too! The ceremonies will air live on NBCSN today and September 5, respectively. If you missed the Paralympics Opening Ceremony super early this morning, you can catch it again tonight at 7 p.m. ET.

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