Included in the coverage features familiar faces in the world of sports broadcasting as well as some of the most iconic Team GB Olympians.
Who are the presenters?
Clare Balding is also well known in the world of sports presenting. The English broadcaster, journalist and author currently presents for the likes of BBC Sport, BT Sport and Channel 4.
Balding also currently hosts her own sports talk show, called The Clare Balding Show, which has included guests like Lewis Hamilton, Tom Daley, Judy Murray and Mike Tyson.
Samantha Quek is a former professional field hockey player, playing as a defender for the both England and Great Britain teams, and won gold as part of Team GB at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Quek has presented a number of sporting TV shows, including field hockey on BT Sport, American football on the BBC, rugby union on Channel 5 and football for Channel 4. Additionally, Quek has appeared as a contestant on shows such as I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! in 2016, and Celebrity Masterchef in 2020.
Gabby Logan is a former international gymnast, and a familiar face when it comes to sports broadcasting.
Recently she was part of the BBC’s presenting team for Euro 2020, but you might also recognise her from the likes of Match of the Day, The Premier League Show, Final Score and BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
Hazel Irvine is a Scottish sports presenter who began her career in radio before moving over to TV. She joined the BBC in 1990 as a presenter on BBC Scotland’s Sportscene.
Over the course of her career, Irvine has presented for the BBC at every summer Olympics since 1992, as well as five winter Olympics, and four FIFA World Cup tournaments.
Jason Mohammad is a Welsh radio and TV presenter, and is the current host of Final Score on BBC One.
Mohammad has also presented shows such as Match of the Day, the RBS Six Nations and was part of the BBC’s broadcasting team at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Dan Walker presented Football Focus from 2009 to 2021, and has presented BBC Breakfast since 2016.
Walker has also presented Sportoday on BBC News and BBC World News, as well as reporting for Final Score and Match of the Day.
Alex Scott is a former professional footballer who made 140 appearances for the England national team, and represented Team GB at the 2012 London Olympics. Scott began her career in media while still playing as a footballer, appearing on programmes such as Soccer Am, BBC Sport, BT Sport and Sky Sports.
Following her retirement in 2017, Scott has also presented shows such as Match of the Day Kickabout, the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and in 2021 was announced as the new presenter of Football Focus following Dan Walker’s decision to step down.
JJ Chalmers is a Scottish TV presenter and Invictus Games medallist. In 2014, Chalmers picked up a medal in non-amputee cycling, a gold medal for the Men’s IRecB1 Recumbent Circuit Race, a bronze medal in the one mile time trial and a bronze medal in the 4 x 100m mixed relay race.
Chalmbers’ career in the media includes things such as presenting National Paralympic Day for Channel 4, covering events like the Great Manchester Run and the London Marathon for the BBC, and in 2020 was a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing.
Who are the pundits?
Alongside the presenters, coverage from the BBC features a team of pundits and commentators, including:
Michael Johnson, an American sprinter and four time Olympic gold medallist
Chris Hoy, a Scottish cyclist and one of the UK’s all time most decorated athletes with six Olympic gold medals
Jessica Ennis-Hill, 2012 Olympic champion, claiming a gold medal in the heptathlon event
Katherine Grainger, current chair of UK sport and former Team GB rower with five medals under her belt
Nicola Adams, the first female boxer to become an Olympic champion after winning gold at both London 2012 and Rio 2016
Rebecca Adlington, a former Olympic swimmer who claimed two gold medals at just 19 in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and two bronze medals at London 2012
Victoria Pendleton, a former track cyclist who competed at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, bagging two gold medals and a silver
Colin Jackson, who was a sprinter and hurdler who won an Olympic silver medal in the 110m hurdles in 1988, and who has helped the BBC cover ever Olympic games since 2004
Mark Foster, a former swimmer who represented Team GB at the 2008 Olympics, and who has won six World Championship titles over the course of his career
Kate Richardson-Walsh, Olympic gold and bronze medal winning field hockey player who was capped a record 375 times and was the England and Great Britain captain for 13 years
Are the presenters actually in Tokyo?
While it might appear that the BBC presenters are in Tokyo, this is actually the work of a green screen that features the Tokyo skyline.
The majority of the BBC presenters, commentators and pundits are situated at the BBC MediaCity base in Salford, Greater Manchester.
Recently, Olympic champion and BBC pundit Chris Hoy put out a Tweet clarifying their location, writing: “In case you’re wondering, we’re in Salford, not Tokyo.”
He attached a picture of the studio showing off the green screen in all its glory.
The BBC said: “A brand new virtual reality studio will be the home of the action, giving viewers a spectacular backdrop of the host city and bringing them closer to their favourite events and those all-important medal moments.”