The dates for the rescheduled Olympic Games have been announced. The Tokyo Olympics will be held in 2021 between July 23 and August 8. The dates were decided on Monday in a call between International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach and Tokyo 2020 boss Yoshiro Mori.
This summer’s Games were postponed last Tuesday due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the IOC finally bowing to pressure from athletes, sporting federations, government officials and critics to call off the Tokyo Olympics in the wake of Covid-19’s global outbreak.
Upon postponement what would be the second Summer Olympics to be held in Japan, Tokyo 2020 organising committee president Mori suggested that new dates would be put in place within three weeks’ time, but the former Japanese prime minister had also stressed the need to decide on when the Games will take place “as soon as possible”.
Last week’s delay is the first in the 124-year history of the modern Olympics and represents a huge blow for Japan, which invested $13 billion in the run-up to the event, and raised $3 billion from domestic sponsors.