If you haven’t already had your fix of high-end sporting competition and the race for gold medals, fear not. Hot on the heels of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games comes the Tokyo Paralympics.
That’s right, there are two weeks of high-octane sporting competition in the pool, on the track, and across multiple disciplines.
In this guide, we will tell you everything you need to know to enjoy wall-to-wall coverage of the Paralympics regardless of what country you’re in.
And if you are worried you might have to miss some of the action because of that family holiday you booked or an unavoidable business trip, don’t worry.
We will show you how to enjoy the Tokyo Paralympics 2020 from anywhere in the world.
Where are the Paralympics being shown?
The 2020 Tokyo Paralympics are being shown in the UK exclusively on Channel 4.
Their coverage is set to be comprehensive, with more than 300 hours of coverage planned across their various channels.
The Channel 4 coverage will include a Paralympics breakfast show hosted by Arthur Williams and Steph McGovern, live coverage of all the main events with Claire Balding anchoring proceedings, and a Paralympics today highlights show hosted by Ade Adepitan.
Meanwhile, the More4 channel will be transformed into a live team sports channel for the duration of the Paralympics, with JJ Chalmers and Ed Jackson hosting. And the popular Last Leg entertainment programme will be back hosted by Adam Hills, Alex Brooker, Josh Widdicombe and Rosie Jones.
All of this content and more will also be available live and on-demand on Channel 4’s online streaming service, All 4 (previously 4oD).
What you need to watch in your country
If you are not in the UK and want to watch Channel 4 comprehensive coverage of the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics, All 4 is where you need to head. But you will find their coverage is not available outside the UK.
To watch, you will need to get a VPN app.
A VPN is an online security and privacy tool that lets you reroute your internet traffic through an external server. These servers can be located in different countries and if you choose a server in the UK, you will have the added benefit of being able to unblock All 4 and other British streaming services.
The best VPN to watch the 2020 Paralympic Games overseas is ExpressVPN.
They have the fastest and most consistent speeds, a huge number of UK-based servers, and work with every streaming service, including All 4.
You can download the ExpressVPN app onto almost any device and use it on up to five devices simultaneously. There is also a 30-day money-back guarantee available.
The choice of which you pick is down to you.
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How to watch the Paralympics in your country
The hardest part of watching the Paralympics overseas is choosing the right VPN. ExpressVPN is our suggestion but the choice is ultimately down to you.
To help here is simple step-by-step guide for you to follow using ExpressVPN as an example. All other VPNs work is broadly the same way:
- Sign up to ExpressVPN by clicking on one of the links on this page and then following the onscreen instructions to subscribe.
- Download the ExpressVPN app onto your preferred device. Always be sure to do this from either the ExpressVPN website or your devices’ official app store.
- Install the app onto your device.
- Now open the app and use your username and password or the activation code to login.
- Tap Selected Server and choose United Kingdom from the server list and then click Connect.
- Wait a few seconds for the VPN connection to be established.
- Lastly, open All 4 either via the official app or a web browser and enjoy the Paralympics.
If you have any further problems, contact their helpful customer support team for assistance.
All 4 does require you to have an account but these are free and all you will need to register is a UK postcode such as W1W 6XH.
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When and where are the Paralympics taking place?
The 2020 Paralympic Games will take place in Tokyo, Japan, just as the Olympic Games did.
The action begins on 24th August and the Closing ceremony and the final day of events will be 5th September.
The Paralympic Games will be using many of the same venues as the Olympics. This includes the new Tokyo Aquatics Centre, the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, the Makuhari Messe Hall, and Yoyogi National Stadium.
All of the athletics events will take place in the brand-new Tokyo Olympic stadium.
Who to look out for
All of the biggest Paralympian names will be competing in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.
This includes the likes of Brazilian swimmer Daniel Diaz, who has won 24 medals over three games so far. Legendary US swimmers Jessica Long and Mckenzie Coan will also be in the pool.
In Athletics, we will see Germany’s famous long-jumper Markus Rehm back in action while two-time champion Zahra Nemati will also be defending her archery titles representing Iran.
British stars will include Jordanne Whiley in wheelchair tennis, Charlotte Henshaw in canoeing, Will Bayley (Table Tennis), Amy Truesdale (Taekwondo), and sprinter Sophie Hahn.
The Tokyo 2020 Paralympics looks set to rival the Olympics for drama and excitement and if you don’t want to miss any of the action, this guide has all the information you need.
To watch in your country, it’s possible to tune into the UK’s extensive coverage by using a simple VPN app from ExpressVPN.
This will let you watch anywhere in the world. Download the ExpressVPN app, connect to the United Kingdom and enjoy all the sporting action wherever you are.