Channel 7 confirms Tokyo Olympic Games line-up: Ian Thorpe and Anna Meares will join Johanna Griggs and Hamish McLachlan as commentators
Former Olympians Ian Thorpe and Anna Meares will join network stalwart Johanna Griggs and Hamish McLachlan for Seven’s Tokyo games coverage.
Hamish McLachlan, Abbey Gelmi, Johanna Griggs, Luke Darcy, Matt Shirvington, Edwina Bartholomew, Lisa Sthalekar and Andy Maher will cover the games.
Channel Seven confirms Olympic line-up: Ian Thorpe [pictured] and Anna Meares will join Johanna Griggs and Hamish McLachlan as commentators at the Tokyo Games
Meanwhile, Mel McLaughlin, Mark Beretta, Jason Richardson and Nathan Templeton will be on the ground in Tokyo for the action.
Jason will be trackside at the athletics, while Nathan will be at the pool.
Other Olympians involved with commentary include Leisel Jones, Nick Green, Scott McGrory, Russell Mark, Debbie Watson and Kerri Pottharst.
They will join sports stars Andrew Bogut, Andrew Gaze, Casey Dellacqua, Rachael Sporn, Tamsyn Lewis-Manou, David Culbert, Georgie Parker, Dean Pullar.
Pictured: Olympian Anna Meares
Candice Warner, Matildas team player Amy Chapman and rugby league star Tiana Penitani will also be part of the team.
The Tokyo Olympics will be a games like never before as covid rages across Japan.
This year, the games will be held without spectators, which is a massive departure from previous games.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said it was essential to prevent Tokyo, where the highly infectious Delta COVID-19 variant was spreading, from becoming the source of another wave of infections.
Pictured: Seven’s Abbey Gelmi
Once seen as a chance for Japan to stand large on the global stage after a devastating earthquake a decade ago, the showpiece event was delayed by the pandemic last year and has been hit by massive budget overruns.
Medical experts have said for weeks that having no spectators would be the least risky option, amid widespread public fears that an influx of thousands of athletes and officials will fuel a fresh wave of infections.
Japan has not experienced the kind of explosive Covid-19 outbreaks seen elsewhere but has had more than 800,000 cases and 14,800 deaths.
Pictured: Athlete-turned-presenter, Matt Shirvington