Organizers of the Olympic Video games stated Monday that the brand new summer season video games will happen in July and August 2021, precisely a yr after the cancelation of Tokyo 2020 as a result of coronavirus outbreak.
The Summer time Video games will likely be held July 23, 2021 to Aug. 8, 2021. The Paralympic Video games will run Aug. 24, 2021 to Sept. 5, 2021.
The choice was taken throughout a phone convention name between IOC president Thomas Bach, Tokyo 2020 President Mori Yoshiro, Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko and Olympic and Paralympic Minister Hashimoto Seiko. Japanese Prime Minister, was not on the decision, however has repeatedly burdened the necessity for the video games to go forward in a whole kind no later than summer season 2021.
They stated that the choice was taken in a vogue supposed to guard the well being of the athletes and everybody concerned, and to help the containment of the Covid-19 virus; to safeguard the pursuits of the athletes and of Olympic sport; and the worldwide worldwide sports activities calendar.
“These new dates give the well being authorities and all concerned within the group of the Video games the utmost time to take care of the continuously altering panorama and the disruption attributable to the Covid-19 pandemic,” the organizers stated in an announcement.
“The brand new dates, precisely one yr after these initially deliberate for 2020, even have the additional benefit that any disruption that the postponement will trigger to the worldwide sports activities calendar will be saved to a minimal, within the pursuits of the athletes and the (worldwide federations). Moreover, they are going to present enough time to complete the qualification course of. The identical warmth mitigation measures as deliberate for 2020 will likely be carried out.”
Whereas the coronavirus outbreak and the ensuing journey restrictions have wreaked havoc on many sports activities’ qualifying occasions, some athletes have already certified. They won’t must requalify for Tokyo 2021. “It has beforehand been confirmed that every one athletes already certified and quota locations already assigned for the Olympic Video games Tokyo 2020 will stay unchanged. It is a results of the truth that these Olympic Video games Tokyo , in settlement with Japan, will stay the Video games of the XXXII Olympiad,” the IOC defined.