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Japan: Tokyo Olympics to begin 23 July 2021 due to coronavirus03:20

Japan: Tokyo Olympics to begin 23 July 2021 due to coronavirus

Japan, Tokyo
March 30, 2020 at 20:10 GMT +00:00 · Published

Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee CEO Toshiro Muto confirmed that the Tokyo Olympics were postponed to 2021, as he spoke to a press conference in Tokyo on Monday.

The organisers announced that the Olympic Games will take place next year, from 23 July to 8 August 2021. They will be followed by the Paralympic Games, which will be hosted from 24 August until 5 September 2021.

The new dates were agreed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Government of Japan, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

The decision came after Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, faced the increasing resistance by several countries and athletes to take part in this year's games, in the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic.

Japan: Tokyo Olympics to begin 23 July 2021 due to coronavirus03:20
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Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee CEO Toshiro Muto confirmed that the Tokyo Olympics were postponed to 2021, as he spoke to a press conference in Tokyo on Monday.

The organisers announced that the Olympic Games will take place next year, from 23 July to 8 August 2021. They will be followed by the Paralympic Games, which will be hosted from 24 August until 5 September 2021.

The new dates were agreed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Government of Japan, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

The decision came after Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, faced the increasing resistance by several countries and athletes to take part in this year's games, in the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic.

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