New 2021 Dates Officially Announced For 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Jordan Cohn
March 30, 2020 - 8:33 am

Less than a week after the Olympics were officially called to be postponed, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has decided upon a new tentative starting date.

Monday morning, the IOC, along with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the Japanese government, announced that the 2020 Olympic Games will be held during the summer of 2021. The official announcement lists the dates as July 23 to August 8 of 2021 for the Olympic Games, and August 24 to September 5 for the Paralympic Games.

The press release also notes that the dates are the exact same as what they would have been in 2020, benefitting the athletes in that "any disruption that the postponement will cause to the international sports calendar can be kept to a minimum." More details include that "all athletes already qualified... will remain unchanged" and that Tokyo is still the desired host city of the games.

Last Tuesday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that his official proposal to postpone the games was met with full support from the IOC which ultimately spurred the movement to delay the games while coronavirus continues to cause unprecedented health issues around the globe. IOC President Thomas Bach concluded the decision with some optimism, saying that while we "currently [find ourselves] in a dark tunnel... These Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 can be a light at the end of this tunnel."

The World Health Organization, which has been releasing situation reports for 69 days (as of Monday) to notify everyone of the escalating conditions, has most recently reported that there have been 634,835 confirmed cases of coronavirus all in all. Currently, the USA has reported the most positive tests with over 100,000, surpassing both China and Italy in that figure.

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