The IOC has confirmed that the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will take place from 23rd July to 8th August 2021, exactly one year after they were originally planned.
An agreement between IOC President Thomas Bach, Tokyo 2020 President Mori Yoshiro, Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko and Olympic and Paralympic Minister Hashimoto Seiko took place via a telephone conference where the new schedule was confirmed.
The group also agreed on new dates for the Paralympic Games, which will now take place from 24th August to 5th September 2021.
Thomas Bach, President, IOC, said: “I want to thank the International Federations for their unanimous support and the Continental Associations of National Olympic Committees for the great partnership and their support in the consultation process over the last few days. I would also like to thank the IOC Athletes’ Commission, with whom we have been in constant contact. With this announcement, I am confident that, working together with the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the Japanese Government and all our stakeholders, we can master this unprecedented challenge. Humankind currently finds itself in a dark tunnel. These Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 can be a light at the end of this tunnel.”
The IOC had also previously confirmed that all athletes already qualified and quota places already assigned for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will remain unchanged.