The Tokyo 2020 Paralympics has been a thrilling affair, with twenty-three sports on the schedule and athletes from across the world. In the next few days however, the final medal events will take place before the sporting extravaganza finally draws to a close.
Just like with the Olympics, there will be a celebration event via the closing ceremony, which will feature performances from musicians and dancers, as well as appearances from famous faces in the sporting world.
If you want to tune into the closing ceremony live, then we have everything you need to know.
When is the Paralympics closing ceremony?
You can see the full breakdown of the remaining sporting events over on the Paralympics website.
The Paralympics closing ceremony will be taking place on Sunday 5 September 2021. Here’s what times it will be kicking off around the world:
- 12pm BST (midday) – UK
- 7am EDT – East Coast US
- 4am PDT – West Coast US
- 8pm JST – Japan
The closing ceremony will run for approximately two and a half hours.
How to watch the Paralympics in the UK
Channel 4 is the broadcaster with the rights to the Paralympics. This channel splits coverage across Channel 4, More 4 and 4Seven, and has live signing and live enhanced open AD/commentary.
All these channels are available on Freeview, Virgin, BT and other TV providers at no extra cost. There is a mix of talk shows with commentary on the events, live sports and the comedy panel show, The Last Leg.
The closing ceremony will air on Channel 4, with coverage starting from 11am on Sunday.
If you prefer to watch things online, then you can use All 4 to stream the Paralympics. This includes live-streams of the programmes available on the terrestrial channels, as well as a dedicated Paralympics microsite. This site includes over 1,000 hours worth of content.
All 4 is free to sign up, but you will need a valid TV licence. If you’re away on holiday, you can still use this service to tune into the games. You’ll just need a VPN such as NordVPN or Surfshark. For more information, read our detailed guide on how to watch All 4 abroad.
How to watch the Paralympics in the US
The same US broadcaster that had the Olympics has the rights to the Paralympics as well. This is NBC, which is available on all cable TV packages.
You can catch coverage on the dedicated NBC Olympics channel.
The streaming service that has the rights to the Paralympics is Peacock, which is owned by NBC and also provided coverage for the Olympics.
There are three tiers to Peacock – free, Premium ($5.99 per month) and Premium Plus ($9.99 per month). The free tier offers a limited content library, whilst the two other Premium tiers have a larger selection, with the Premium Plus tier giving the content with no ads.
Peacock features medal action in “multiple sports”, but doesn’t cover everything. NBC customers can also catch more sporting action over on the NBCOlympics website, which will stream all televised content and more.
Tokyo 2020 Paralympics schedule
You can see the full breakdown of events over on the Tokyo 2020 website. We’ll be updating this article with specific timings for some of the most popular events for the Paralympics.
Here’s what dates the events are taking place:
|Archery||27 August to 4 September|
|Athletics||27 August to 5 September|
|Badminton||1 September to 5 September|
|Boccia||28 August to 4 September|
|Canoe sprint||2 September to 4 September|
|Cycling road||31 August to 4 September|
|Cycling track||25 August to 28 August|
|Equestrian||26 August to 30 August|
|Football five-a-side||29 August to 4 September|
|Goalball||25 August to 3 September|
|Judo||27 August to 29 August|
|Powerlifting||26 August to 30 August|
|Rowing||27 August to 29 August|
|Shooting||30 August to 5 September|
|Sitting volleyball||27 August to 5 September|
|Swimming||25 August to 3 September|
|Table tennis||25 August to 3 September|
|Taekwondo||2 September to 4 September|
|Triathlon||28 August to 29 August|
|Wheelchair basketball||25 August to 5 September|
|Wheelchair fencing||25 August to 29 August|
|Wheelchair rugby||25 August to 29 August|
|Wheelchair tennis||27 August to 4 September|