The International Olympic Committee ( IOC), the International Paralympics Committee, the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, The Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Government of Japan have Today Agreed on a New date for the Tokyo Olympic games which was bid to kick off in August 2020.
All key leadership parties earlier Today (Monday) reached an Agreement via telephone conference the Confreres which was joined by IOC President Thomas Bach, Tokyo 2020 President Mori Yoshirō, Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko and Olympic and Paralympic Minister Hashimoto Seiko.
All reached an agreement over proposed new date for Tokyo Olympic Games which is now scheduled to take place in July 2021.
According to the IOC Media press release, “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 Olympic Sports Federations (IFs) and all the National Olympic Committees (NOCs):
1. To protect the health of the athletes and everyone involved, and to support the containment of the COVID-19 virus.
2. To safeguard the interests of the athletes and of Olympic sport.
3. The global international sports calendar.
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.
The new dates, exactly one year after those originally planned for 2020 (Olympic Games: 24 July to 9 August 2020 and Paralympic Games: 25 August to 6 September 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 IFs.
Additionally, they will provide sufficient time to finish the qualification process.
The same heat mitigation measures as planned for 2020 will be implemented.