After five years of waiting, planning and preparing, UKC (well, I alone) have arrived in Japan to cover Sport Climbing's postponed Olympic debut. It's hot, humid and I have to quarantine for three days as a UK traveller, but simply getting here feels like a small miracle!
Well done for making it there, no easy task even under normal, non-Covid circumstances. It's great that one climbing journalist is there (lucky you, what a scoop!). Looking forward to your updates!
For anyone looking to watch the coverage, without paying Discovery+ £6,99 for a month, as it's unlikely the BBC will cover much (if any) of the quali's, and highlights only from the main events...
You can get a 3-day free trial if you sign up for a year (so can cancel after 3 days), or, if you're a Vodafone customer, you can get 6-months free - same deal, sign up for a year, first 6-months free.
The Discovery coverage is the same as Eurosport and there seem to be numerous ways of watching Eurosport however I don't think anything cheaper than £6.99. Worth checking though since Eurosport is bundled with a lot of TV packages.
Just been checking the coverage in France and it seems to be scheduled for online coverage on franceTV: https://www.france.tv/sport/les-jeux-olympiques/2603489-escalade-qualifications-h-direct-du-03-08.html
Not sure whether it will be geoblocked outside France and need a vpn to view from the UK. That's relatively rare in France compared to the UK.
Worth a try tomorrow morning anyway.
I believe their 4.99 offering will work, but I guess I'll find out tomorrow!
Seems to be working for other live events right now
Just tried this and getting a message that I can't play the stream from the UK.
Has Discovery+ got any more coverage than Eurosport? As there doesn’t seem to be any on any of the 7 Eurosport channels right now - ping pong seems to have preference 😡
Looks like the bouldering is on from 11:30 Eurosport 2.
Can confirm this is geoblocked but VPN works around it easily enough.
Thanks for the recommendation.
The whole thing is being streamed live online by Eurosport, even the bit in between events while there is no one on the wall...
half watching it now & surprised that the commentary is in English & Japanese and not French.
Is the fairly awful music in the background actually being played in the gym ? Can't help the climbers concentrate.
Can anyone recommend a free and safe VPN? Just for this, so don't need it for head bandwidth etc. Cheers (Yes I am too cheap to pay £4.99 😂)
I live in France so don't need a VPN to access France.tv
Never used it but the latest version of Firefox claims to offer a built in (so free ?) VPN (at least the French version)
Great article and more interesting than the climbing, which I've now lost interest in since it seems we can't actually watch it anyway.
The fact you say people aren't even allowed to film inside the events says it all really. Greedy people trying to control everyone else, sad and pathetic. Starting to see why the games are so controversial.