How to follow the Tokyo Olympic 2020 Regatta

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic rowing is underway. Read on to find out how you can follow the GB Rowing Team and get into the Olympic spirit!


After a long five years, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games has finally begun after being postponed for a year because of COVID-19. The world’s top rowers are putting their training to the test at the most prestigious regatta in the sport.

Taking place on Tokyo’s Sea Forest Waterway, the Olympic rowing will begin with the first heat of the men’s single sculls this Friday 23 July at 8.30am. Tokyo is eight hours ahead of BST so unfortunately that’s 12.30am in the morning in the UK, but don’t worry if you can’t stay up to watch the live action – here are five great ways to keep updated!


1 – The Olympic Debrief

Published at breakfast time, our special Olympic Debrief video will be available on British Rowing’s social channels, British Rowing Plus and as an audio via all good podcast platforms every day of the Tokyo 2020 rowing regatta. Here you will find all the overnight rowing news from Tokyo, with key highlights and analysis from our guest panel of Olympians and rowing experts.

You can also sign up here to receive our daily Olympic Debrief email which will be sent direct to your inbox.

2 – British Rowing live social media feed

The Olympic finals are scheduled across four days at Tokyo 2020 from Tuesday 27 July through to Friday 30 July. Follow @BritishRowing on Twitter or Instagram to keep updated.

3 – Racing schedule alerts

We’ll be sharing reminders of the next day’s schedule with the latest changes on the evening before racing across our social channels.

4 – Live racing coverage

BBC One and BBC Two will be broadcasting action live from Tokyo, covering all 33 sports including rowing, while a second live stream will also be available on BBC iPlayer. BBC Radio 5 Live will follow all the action overnight while World Rowing will run a live blog on the racing from Tokyo.

The rights to the Olympics broadcast in the UK are shared between the BBC and Discovery, this means the BBC can only show a certain number of sports live at the same time so on some occasions the rowing may not be live on the BBC. On these occasions it will be accessible via Discovery+ (only available with subscription).

5 – Club social media

While we can’t cheer on the GB rowers in person, there are other ways of getting involved. Keep an eye out for GB rower mentions on their rowing club social channels. Check the Olympic Team Announcement for each rower’s club here.

6 – The Road to Tokyo documentary


What does it take to be selected for an Olympic or Paralympic Games? Find out by watching The Road to Tokyo, a three-part documentary giving the inside track on the GB Rowing Team. Get into the Tokyo spirit by watching The Road to Tokyo here for free!

The film was written, filmed and edited by Adam Heayberd of Truly Sweet Visuals.

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