The 2020 Tokyo Olympics will now hold from July 23 to August 8 in the summer of 2021, as confirmed by the IOC (International Olympic Committee).
The Olympics set to hold this summer were initially postponed but the new dates for 2021 were announced on Monday afternoon.
If not for the global pandemic threatening the world, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games were set to hold this summer but was finally postponed after it was only the last option left.
Many other continental competitions like the Euros and the Copa America have earlier been postponed, and it looked reasonable a postponement could be the right decision as well for the Olympics.
After much deliberation, the new dates have been announced by the IOC.
As well as that, the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games will now be held from August 24 to September 5 in 2021.
A statement on the IOC official website read:
“The International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the government of Japan today agreed new dates for the games of the XXXI Olympiad, in 2021.”
“The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will be celebrated from 23 July To 8 August 2021. They also agreed on new dates for the Paralympic Games, which will be celebrated from 24 August until 5 September 2021.”
“The leaderships of the key parties came together via telephone conference earlier today, joined by IOC President Thomas Bach, Tokyo 2020 President Mori Yoshirō, Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko and Olympic and Paralympic Minister Hashimoto Seiko, and agreed on the new schedule.”
“This decision was taken based on three main considerations and in line with the principles established by the IOC Executive Board (EB) on 17 March 2020 and confirmed at its meeting today. These were supported by all the International Summer Olympics Sports Federations (IFs) and all the National Olympic Committees (NOCs)”
Here is a video detailing why the Olympics will now hold in 2021.