On a day when major sporting events were being postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19, Australia’s Seven Network has announced its team for its comprehensive coverage of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. While the current COVID-19 pandemic has placed a shadow over Games preparations, principally as to whether the Games will proceed, all involved are, at this stage, moving ahead with their Games plans.
Australia’s longtime Olympic Network, Seven, will have all encompassing coverage of Tokyo 2020. Seven’s coverage will be lead on Channel 7 and 7TWO, with another six channels of curated coverage on 7plus (registration for the curated coverage is required). Aside from the curated coverage online, there will be up to 40 streams available of every sport. This 24/7 coverage is no surprise given sport rates and Australia’s east coast, during Japan’s summer, is only 1 hour ahead of Tokyo.
“Our coverage of the Olympics and Paralympics will be unprecedented, and with time zones differing by only one hour Tokyo 2020 will feel like a home Games for Australian viewers.”SMW Chief Revenue Officer and Director of Olympics, Kurt Burnette
Leading Seven’s all encompassing coverage is the voice of the Olympics in Australia, Bruce McAvaney. This will be his 11th Olympics Games. He will be joined by an impressive line-up of coverage hosts and commentators, including: Hamish McLachlan, Mel McLaughlin, Johanna Griggs, Ian Thorpe, Anna Meares, Steve Hooker, Basil Zempilas, Phil Liggett and Pat Welsh. The full list of Seven’s team is available here.
Complementing Seven sport’s coverage of the all the action on the fields and in the water in Tokyo will be Seven’s leading news brands with Sunrise live from Tokyo and 7News having a large team on the ground, including Chris Reason and Jim Wilson.
Once the Olympics is over, Seven will also have comprehensive coverage of the Tokyo Paralympics, with Johanna Griggs, Jim Wilson and Paralympic gold medallist Annabelle Williams anchoring the coverage across 7, 7TWO and 7plus featuring up to 16 live streams.
Lets hope that the COVID-19 pandemic subsides in time for us to enjoy the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, and for those in Australia, through the screens of Seven.