The Tokyo Olympics have been rescheduled for Summer 2021
The Tokyo Olympics, which had been scheduled for the Summer of 2020, have been rescheduled for Summer 2021, between July 23rd and August 8th. The IOC has also said the Paralympics will be rescheduled for August 24th to September 5th. Tokyo Organizers announced the date changes earlier today. This news comes about a week after the IOC postponed the games from their original date this summer.
The games had originally been scheduled to open on July 24th, 2020, and the closing ceremonies were set for August 9th, 2020. The Olympic Games were postponed this year due to concerns over the spread of the Coronavirus.
The IOC did consider moving the Olympics to springtime, but the schedule would have conflicted with European Soccer Leagues and North American Sports Leagues. The Tokyo Organizing Committee President, Yoshiro Mori, said that holding the games at a later date gives competitors more time to participate in qualifying Olympic events.
The President of the IOC had this to say following today’s decision: “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.”