New dates announced for Tokyo 2020 Olympics postponed over coronavirus concerns

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which were postponed last week due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, have been postponed for next summer.

The games will open on July 23 and close on August 8, 2021. The Paralympics will take place from August 24 to September 5, 2021.

The Olympics were originally scheduled to take place between July 24 and August 9 of this year, but Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) agreed last Tuesday to postpone the games as countries around the world Struggle to stem the games epidemic that has claimed more than 34,000 lives and has forced millions of people around the world to lock.

The new schedule was agreed in a conference call between IOC President Thomas Bach, Tokyo 2020 President Mori Yoshiro, and other officials, the IOC said in a statement Monday.

The new data gives health authorities and everyone involved in the organization of the games the maximum time to cope with the ever-changing landscape and the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“The new data, exactly one year after the one originally planned for 2020, also has the added benefit that any disruption caused by the shift in the international sports calendar can be kept to a minimum,” said the IOC in its statement. “They also offer enough time to complete the qualification process. The same heat reduction measures as planned for 2020 will be implemented.”

The Olympic Games are the biggest event still affected by the growing global pandemic.

The decision to postpone the games was welcomed by many athletes and national committees after increasing requests to postpone or cancel the games due to the outbreak.

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