Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics Dates Announced

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Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics Dates Announced

The Tokyo Olympics have been scheduled to start on 23 July, 2021. This is to run till 8 August after ..being postponed for a year. It was because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) met on Monday to take a decision. The Olympics will still be called Tokyo 2020 even though it will be held in 2021.

Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics Dates Announced

The Paralympic Games were scheduled for 24 August, 2020. They have been scheduled instead for 24 August and 5 September, 2021.

The IOC president Thomas Bach said,” I am confident that, working together with the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the Japanese Government and all our stakeholders, we can master this unprecedented challenge.”

” Humankind currently finds itself in a dark tunnel. These Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 can be a light at the end of this tunnel.”

Andrew Parsons, the International Paralympic Committee president said,” When the Paralympic Games do take place in Tokyo next year, they will be an extra-special display of humanity uniting as one, a global celebration of human resilience and a sensational showcase of sport.”

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“With the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games 512 days away, the priority for all those involved in the Paralympic movement must be to focus on staying safe with their friends and family during this unprecedented and difficult time.”

The decision to postpone both events was taken in view of protecting the health of the athletes and everyone involved, and to support the containment of the Covid-19 virus.

The new dates have also been taken into consideration the rest of the global sports calendar after the men’s football European Championship was postponed to the summer of 2021.

The World Athletics Championships, have been originally set to take place in Oregon, USA, between 6 August and 15 August 2021, will now be postponed until 2022.

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If that is to be moved back exactly a year it would clash with the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham which is set to take place between 27 July and 7 August.

Olympic organizers are hoping the delay will allow sufficient time to finish the qualification process which will follow the same mitigation measures planned for 2020.

It had previously been confirmed that all athletes have already qualified and quota places already assigned will remain unchanged.

Purchased tickets would be valid for the rescheduled events or a refund could be requested when the new dates have been set, organisers previously confirmed.

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