COVID-19: Tokyo Olympics, Paralympics postponed to summer of 2021
Guwahati: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and host country Japan have rescheduled the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games to July 23-August 8 in Tokyo next year, keeping in mind the health and safety of athletes amid the worldwide outbreak of coronavirus.
The Tokyo Games were originally scheduled to take place between July 24 and August 9 this year.
Meanwhile, the Paralympic Games have also been postponed. They will be held from August 24 until September 5 next year.
The Olympics will still be called Tokyo 2020 despite taking place in 2021.
The decision was taken based on three main considerations and in line with the principles established by the IOC Executive Board (EB) on March 17 and confirmed at its meeting on Monday. 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.
IOC President Thomas Bach and Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō concluded that the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 would be held in their complete form and not later than summer 2021. PM Abe reiterated that the government of Japan stands ready to fulfill its responsibility for hosting these successful games.
After the decision, Bach said, "Humankind currently finds itself in a dark tunnel. These Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 can be a light at the end of this tunnel.”