CBC/Radio-Canada providing live coverage of the Tokyo 2020 Opening Ceremony in 8 Indigenous languages, 2 sign languages, and described video

Jul 19, 2021

The Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020 begin this Friday. 

CBC/Radio-Canada, Canada’s Olympic network, today announced that coverage of Friday’s Tokyo 2020 Opening Ceremony will be available in a total of 12 languages.

Official Languages

  • English
  • French

Indigenous Languages

  • Eastern Cree
  • Dehcho Dene
  • Dënësųłinë́ Yałtı
  • Gwichʼin
  • Inuktitut
  • Inuvialuktun
  • Sahtu Dene
  • Tłı̨chǫ

Sign Languages

  • ASL
  • LSQ

“We want CBC/Radio-Canada’s coverage of the Tokyo 2020 Opening Ceremony to be available to everyone. We’re especially pleased to be broadening our program to include coverage in eight Indigenous languages. I hope everyone across the country will tune in on Friday morning — and throughout the Games!”

Catherine Tait, President and CEO, CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC will stream live coverage in English, eight (8) Indigenous languages, as well as ASL [American Sign Language] and described video on CBC Gem, the CBC Olympics app, and CBC.ca/tokyo2020

Radio-Canada will stream live coverage in French, eight (8) Indigenous languages, as well as LSQ [langue des signes québécoise] and described video on the Jeux Olympiques de Radio-Canada app and Radio-Canada.ca/tokyo2020. Live coverage will also be available with described video on ICI TOU.TV.

More information on our Olympic coverage is available here:

The Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020 will take place from Friday, July 23 to Sunday, August 8, 2021 and will feature a record 33 sports and 339 medal events across 42 competition venues. Team Canada will be among the approximately 11,000 athletes representing 206 countries taking part in these Games.

About CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic Chinese, Punjabi and Tagalog, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.

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