Published: 15:56 | 30/3/20

Olympics Games set for July 23rd 2021


A new schedule for the Tokyo Olympics has been announced following their postponement last week with the games set to run from July 23rd and August 8th 2021.

The International Olympic Committee confirmed the news following a meeting of the Tokyo 2020 organising committee.

The Paralympic Games will now take place from August 24thto September 5th 2021.

"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," an IOC statement said.

"The new dates, exactly one year after those originally planned for 2020 also have the added benefit that any disruption that the postponement will cause to the international sports calendar can be kept to a minimum, in the interests of the athletes and the international federations.

"Additionally, they will provide sufficient time to finish the qualification process. The same heat mitigation measures as planned for 2020 will be implemented."

IOC president Thomas Bach added: "I want to thank the international federations for their unanimous support and the continental associations of national Olympic committees for the great partnership and their support in the consultation process over the last few days.

"I would also like to thank the IOC Athletes' Commission, with whom we have been in constant contact.

"With this announcement, 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."

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