The Tokyo 2020 Olympics organisers have announced that the new dates for the Summer Olympics will be July 23 – August 8, 2021.
The 2020 Olympics were originally scheduled to take place from July 24-August 9 in Japanese capital.
The games were postponed by a year earlier this month due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The new dates were agreed on Monday, 30th March, between the International Olympic Committee, International Paralympic Committee, Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
The announcement also noted the Paralympic Games will be held in August 23 – September 5, 2021.
“This decision was taken based on three main considerations and in line with the principles established by the IOC Executive Board (EB) on 17th March 2020 and confirmed at its meeting today. These were supported by all the International Summer Olympic Sports Federations (IFs) and all the National Olympic Committees (NOCs):
- To protect the health of the athletes and everyone involved, and to support the containment of the Covid-19 virus;
- To safeguard the interests of the athletes and of Olympic sport;
- The global international sports calendar.
“These new dates give the health authorities and all involved in the organisation of the games the maximum time to deal with the constantly changing landscape and the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic,” read part of the joint statement from the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee.