The COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed thousands and infected lakhs worldwide, forced the the International Olympic Association to reschedule the mega event.
The Olympics are the biggest sporting event in the world. At first Japan and the IOC were not in favor of postponing event.
Japanese Prime Minister Abe said he requested the IOA chief batch to postpone the Olympics. The IOC decided to give the tournament a one-year delay on March 25.
According to the IOA, the Olympics will begin in July next year. The tournament will be held from July 23 to August 8 in 2021. The new dates for the Paralympic Games are August 24 to September 5, 2021.
The IOC President Thomas Bach said that : “Humankind currently finds itself in a dark tunnel. These Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 can be a light at the end of this tunnel.”
International Paralympic Committee president Andrew Parsons 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.
“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 new Olympic dates will conflict with the scheduled world athletics championships . But those events are now expected to also be pushed back.
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