IOC announce new dates for 2021 Olympic games
The International Olympics Committee has announced new dates for the Olympic games now to be held between 23 July to 8 August 2021 in Tokyo
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced new dates for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games that had been postponed due to the global COVID -19 Pandemic.
The games will now be held on 23 July to 8 August 2021 in Tokyo with the Paralympic Games starting immediately between 24 August until 5 September 2021.
The new Olympic games dates were announced after consultations between The International Olympic Committee (IOC) ,The International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Government of Japan.
The games had originally been planned for 24 July to 9 August 2020 and Paralympic Games on 25th August to 6th September 2020.
In a statement on Monday , The IOC announced that , "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.
IOC further confirmed that "all athletes already qualified and quota places already assigned for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will remain unchanged. This is a result of the fact that these Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, in agreement with Japan, will remain the Games of the XXXII Olympiad."