News 30 March 2020
Author: Courtney W

New Dates Confirmed For Tokyo Olympics

30 March 2020

The dates for the Tokyo Olympics have now been confirmed.

It has now been announced the Tokyo Olympics will now take place from 23rd July 2021 until 8th August 2021.

The president of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, Yoshiro Mori, said: ““IOC (International Olympic Committee) President Thomas Bach and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee held a conference call today to discuss in detail the revised dates of the Tokyo 2020 Games.

“Minister for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games Hashimoto Seiko and Tokyo Governor Koike joined the call. I proposed that the Games should be hosted between July and August 2021 and I really appreciate that President Bach, having discussed this proposal with the various international sport federations and other related organisations, kindly accepted my proposal.

“A certain amount of time is required for the selection and qualification of athletes and for their training and preparation, and the consensus was that staging the rescheduled Games during summer vacation in Japan would be preferable.

The dates for the Tokyo Paralympic Games have also been confirmed for summer 2021, taking place from 24th August to 5th September.

The Olympic Games were originally scheduled to take place this summer but were postponed last week due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking on the new dates, the IOC’s president, Thomas Bach, said: 
“Humankind currently finds itself in a dark tunnel. These Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 can be a light at the end of this tunnel.”