Sports TravelNew 2021 dates give Games organisers and health authorities ‘maximum time to deal with the constantly changing landscape’

Tokyo resets the clock for 2020 Olympics

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The 2021 Games will still be marketed at Tokyo 2020
The 2021 Games will still be marketed at Tokyo 2020 Photo Credit: aurielaki/ iStock / Getty Images Plus

TOKYO - The Tokyo 2020 Games have been rescheduled to commence 23 July to 8 August 2021.

Despite being held in 2021, the Games will retain the name Tokyo 2020 for marketing and branding purposes.

The 16th Summer Paralympic Games are now scheduled to take place in Tokyo from 24 August to 5 September 2021.

A decision to postpone the Olympic and Paralympic Games was taken last week by the IOC and the Japanese government because of the accelerating threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic.

“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," an IOC statement read.

"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.”

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