Rescheduled Tokyo Olympics clash with 2021 Tour de France

The postponed Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020 will take place from July 23 to August 8, 2021, the IOC announced on Monday.

Tour de France should start a week earlier than planned to avoid a collision with the Olympics. “data-reactid =” 18 “> The revised slot for the Games falls exactly one year after it was originally scheduled, meaning the 2021 Tour de France should start a week earlier than planned to avoid a collision with the Olympics.

Tour 2021 must start Copenhagen on Friday July 2 and end in Paris on Sunday July 25. With the men’s road race at the Tokyo Olympics now taking place on July 24, it seems inevitable that La Grande Boucle will have to move up by a week, as was the case this season to accommodate the 2020 Olympics as initially planned. “data-reactid =” 19 “> The Tour 2021 must start Copenhagen on Friday July 2 and end in Paris on Sunday July 25. With the men’s road race at the Tokyo Olympics now taking place on July 24, it seems inevitable that La Grande Boucle will have to move forward a week, just like this season, to accommodate the 2020 Olympics as initially planned.

It is already unclear whether the 2020 Tour will take place as planned due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Spring Classics and Giro d’Italia have been postponed and all races are currently suspended, although French Sport Minister Roxana Maracineanu has suggested that the event could take place behind closed doors.

The RTBF reported this weekend that a decision on the 2020 Tour would be made on May 15.

After confirming the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics last week due to the coronavirus pandemic, the IOC and local organizing committee quickly moved to announce a new date for the Games.

“I would like to thank the International Federations for their unanimous support and the Continental Associations of National Olympic Committees for the great partnership and support in the consultative process of the past few days,” said IOC President Thomas Bach.

Humanity is currently in a dark tunnel. These Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games can become a light at the end of this tunnel.

A spring date was one of the hypotheses considered after the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics last week, but the local organizing committee preferred that the Games take place in the summer as previously planned.

“It takes a certain amount of time to select and qualify athletes and to train and prepare them, and the consensus was that organizing the rescheduled Games over the summer holidays in Japan would be preferable,” said Mori Yoshirō, President Tokyo Organizing Committee 2020.

“As for transportation, arranging volunteers and providing tickets for people in Japan and abroad, and taking into account the COVID-19 situation, we think it would be better to move the Games to a year later than planned, in the summer of 2021. “

The IOC has reiterated that “all athletes already qualified and quotas already allocated for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will remain unchanged”.

A new date has also been confirmed for the Paralympic Games, which will now take place from August 24 to September 5, 2021.

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