Tokyo 2021 to take place between July 23-August 8
The new countdown to Tokyo 2020 has begun, with the International Olympic Committee and local Organising Committee officially confirming that the Olympics will now take place from Friday 23rd July to Sunday 8th August 2021.
Japan’s second summer Olympic Games were originally scheduled for 24 July to 9 August 2020, before being postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“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,” IOC President Thomas Bach said at the official announcement.
“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.
New dates for the Paralympic Games were also confirmed by President of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee Mori Yoshirō.
They will now take place 24th August until 5th September 2021.
“I proposed that the Games should be hosted between July and August 2021, and I really appreciate that President Bach, having discussed this proposal with the various international sports federations and other related organisations, kindly accepted my proposal,” the former Japanese Prime Minister revealed.
“In terms of transport, arranging volunteers and the provision of tickets for those in Japan and overseas, as well as allowing for the COVID-19 situation, we think that it would be better to reschedule the Games to one year later than planned, in the summer of 2021.
“Notwithstanding the postponement of the Olympic and Paralympic Games for the first time in history, and various other issues that have already been highlighted, the event schedule is the cornerstone of future preparations, and I am convinced that taking this decision promptly will help speed up future preparations.
“I would like to thank all the stakeholders, including the host city Tokyo and the Government of Japan, for their hard work during this short period. The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee will continue to work hard for the success of next year’s Games.”
Qualification and Testing
Last week, President Bach revealed the IOC Coordination Commission and Tokyo 2020 organisers had formed a task force named “Here We Go”, whose job is to solve any issues presented by the postponement, including those related to sponsorship, accommodation, and qualification.
On the latter point, it was decided that athletes who have already qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will keep those slots.
“It is clear that those athletes who have qualified for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 remain qualified. This is a consequence of the fact that these Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, in agreement with Japan, will remain the Games of the XXXII Olympiad,” IOC President Thomas Bach said in an official statement.