The Olympics is the world’s largest sports spectacle, gathering thousands of the best athletes all over the world to compete in one venue. People cheer and root for their fellow countrymen as they vie for honor, glory and a place in the history books. If you want to show your support for your favorite teams and athletes in the Games, you’ll be happy to know that you can watch the Tokyo Olympics live on TV and the Internet.
The Tokyo Olympics was originally scheduled to take place from July 24 to August 9, 2020, but due to the pandemic, it was moved to July 23 until August 8, 2021. The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, features 339 events in 33 sports across 50 disciplines. Six new sports were added: sports climbing, surfing, skateboarding, karate, baseball and softball.
The Philippine delegation at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics is as follows:
- Elreen Ando (Weightlifting – Women’s 64kg)
- Kurt Barbosa (Taekwondo – Men’s 58kg)
- Hidilyn Diaz (Weightlifting – Women’s 55kg)
- Margielyn Didal (Skateboard – Women’s Street)
- Luke Gebbie (Swimming – Men’s 50m and 100m Freestyle)
- Kristina Knott (Athletics – Women’s 200m)
- Irish Magno (Boxing – Women’s Flyweight)
- Eumir Marcial (Boxing – Men’s Middleweight)
- Cris Nievarez (Rowing – Men’s Single Sculls)
- Ernest John Obiena (Athletics – Men’s Pole Vault)
- Carlo Paalam (Boxing – Men’s Flyweight)
- Bianca Pagdanganan (Golf – Women’s)
- Juvic Pagunsan (Golf – Men’s)
- Nesthy Petecio (Boxing – Women’s Featherweight)
- Remedy Rule (Swimming – Women’s 200m Butterfly)
- Yuka Saso (Golf – Women’s)
- Jayson Valdez (Shooting – Men’s Air Rifle 10m)
- Kiyomi Watanabe (Judo – Women’s 63kg)
- Carlos Yulo (Gymnastics – Artistic)
For many of us, watching the Olympics is one way to show our support for our athletes as they compete with the world’s best to bring honor and glory to our country. Unfortunately, not everyone has access to sports channels that broadcast the Olympic competitions for free or for a fee.
If you don’t have access to sports TV channels, there are websites and apps that let you watch the Tokyo Olympics for free on your computer or mobile device. With these free apps and websites, you can choose the sports channel to view or the event and competition (e.g. basketball, boxing, football) to follow.
Thanks to the Internet, you can watch and cheer for your countrymen without getting hooked to the television set. So grab your laptop or smartphone as we discuss the websites and mobile apps where you can watch the Tokyo Olympics live without paying a dime.
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Watch the Olympics on TV
For those who prefer watching sports on TV, the Tokyo Olympics is aired for free on the official Philippine broadcaster, TV5 and One Sports. The Olympics is also available on the satellite TV network Cignal and the One Sports+ channel (both require a Cignal TV subscription).
Watch the Olympics Live on the Cignal Play Website
If you can’t watch the Olympics on TV because you don’t have the TV5 channel or a Cignal subscription, you can visit the Cignal Play website instead.
Cignal Play is a free video streaming service with an impressive library of movies, TV shows and documentaries. Aside from the usual fare of local and foreign films, Cignal Play also offers livestreams of sports events such as the PBA and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
To watch the Olympics on the Cignal Play website, click “Live TV” on the main menu and choose from TV5, One Sports or One Sports+.
Watch the Olympics Live on the Cignal Play App
After downloading the app, sign up for a free account and activate it by clicking the link on the activation email. After activating your account, you can watch all the livestreams and videos on the Cignal Play app.
To watch the Tokyo Olympics live in the Philippines using the Cignal Play app, just click the “Live TV” tab and then select TV5, One Sports or One Sports+.
Watch the Olympics Live on the Smart GigaFest Website
The Smart GigaFest website broadcasts sports livestreams such as the Olympics, the PBA and the Premier Volleyball League. You can watch the Tokyo Olympics live for free on the GigaFest website as long as you are connected to mobile data.
Although the GigaFest website only allows you to use your mobile data but not your WiFi connection, it offers far more choices than Cignal Play. The site provides 24/7 coverage of the Olympics and you can choose from 9 channels broadcasting different events. You may check out the event schedule on this page.
You can subscribe to a Smart data promo such as GigaSurf to enjoy the Olympics on the Smart GigaFest website.
Enjoy the Games!
Don’t fret if you can’t watch the Olympics on TV because the Internet is your friend. With these livestreaming websites and apps, you can experience the world’s biggest sporting event without being there at the stadium. And you don’t even have to shell out a single peso because they are totally free.
We hope that you were able to watch the Tokyo Olympics using these websites and mobile apps. Don’t forget to bookmark this article or share it with your friends who might be interested.
Featured image credit: Derrick Brutel