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BBC to broadcast 12 days of Olympic programmes despite Tokyo cancellation


BBC Sport will broadcast 12 days of dedicated Olympics programming this month despite the cancellation of the 2020 Games in Tokyo.

From July 14, Olympics Rewind will take a look back at some of the greatest moments from the last three Olympics games. The daily highlights shows will revisit opening and closing ceremonies, sporting feats and the best of Britain’s Olympic achievements.

Director of Sport Barbara Slater said: “In the absence of this summer’s postponed Olympics in Tokyo, Olympics Rewind will allow fans to relive Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016.

“Forming a fortnight of entertainment and nostalgia, the programming will look back on incredible accomplishments, record breaking performances and huge British gold medal hauls from each Olympic Games.”

Olympics Rewind: Beijing 2008, narrated by Sue Barker, will kick off the programming from July 14-16 (3pm each day, BBC Two).

Olympics Rewind: London 2012, airing over the weekend of July 18-19 and again presented by Barker, looks back at the stand-out moments including the six gold medals of Super Saturday.

The London 2012 sporting action is preceded by shows dedicated to the 2012 Torch Relay (July 17, 3pm, BBC Two) and Opening Ceremony (July 17, 10.35pm, BBC One).

A special Director’s cut, London 2012 – The Opening Ceremony, features extended highlights from Danny Boyle’s extraordinary opening ceremony. Then running daily from July 20 – 24, Dan Walker presents Olympics Rewind: Rio 2016.

Closing the schedule is Britain’s Greatest Olympic Moments on Saturday July 25 (1.15pm, BBC One) presented by Clare Balding and Gabby Logan, counting down a top 25 of British Olympic moments from the summer games.

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