This year’s postponed Olympic Games will still retain the tag of Tokyo 2020, though it has now been rescheduled to start on July 23, 2021, megasportsarena.com gathered.
After being shifted from this July 24 due to coronavirus, International Olympic Committee (IOC) has confirmed that the Games will run from its new date in the same month next year and until August 8, 2021, taking up the same slot as originally scheduled for 2020.
This was confirmed in a joint statement by IOC, International Paralympic Committee, Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and Japanese Government, which also revealed that that the 2020 Paralympic Games will now take place from August 24 to September 5, 2021.
This comes after the executive board of the organisers of Tokyo 2020 announced the required number of volunteers had been reached, and will now be asking those who have confirmed their roles if they would participate in the rescheduled Games.
In addition, the organisers have announced all 18 Olympic Test events from April 2020 onwards are postponed, while torchbearers who were confirmed for the postponed Torch Relay will also be given priority selection for next year’s Olympic Torch Relay.
Organisers are working on measures to ensure purchased tickets will be valid for corresponding rescheduled events next year and that face value refunds are given to ticket holders who cannot attend events in 2021.
The statement added: “These new dates give the health authorities and all involved in the organisation of the Games the maximum time to deal with the constantly changing landscape and the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The new dates, exactly one year after those originally planned for 2020 also have the added benefit that any disruption that the postponement will cause to the international sports calendar can be kept to a minimum, in the interests of the athletes and the international federations. Additionally, they will provide sufficient time to finish the qualification process. The same heat mitigation measures as planned for 2020 will be implemented.”