Olympic Games get new dates in 2021: They can be a light at the end of this tunnel
Mar 30 2020 10:08 pm CET

Olympic Games get new dates in 2021: They can be a light at the end of this tunnel
Olympic Games get new dates in 2021: They can be a light at the end of this tunnel
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The Olympic Games of Tokyo 2020 will be held between the 23rd of July and the 8th of August 2021.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Tokyo 2020 organising committee, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Government of Japan have agreed to celebrate the Games of the XXXII Olympiad from the 23rd of July of the 8th of August 2021. The Paralympic games will be held from the 24th of August to the 5th of September 2021.

The decision was taken based on three main considerations: To protect the health of the athletes and everyone involved, and to support the containment of the Covid-19 virus, to safeguard the interests of the athletes and of Olympic sport, and the global international sports calendar.

The dates will be exactly one year after those originally planned for 2020 and will also provide enough time to finish all the qualification process. "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," said the ICO President Thomas Bach.

"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. Humankind currently finds itself in a dark tunnel. These Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 can be a light at the end of this tunnel."

"It has previously been confirmed that all athletes already qualified and quota places already assigned for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will remain unchanged," said the organisation of Tokyo 2020 in a statement. "This is a result of the fact that these Olympic Games Tokyo , in agreement with Japan, will remain the Games of the XXXII Olympiad."
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