The 2020 Summer Olympic Games, which were postponed because of the coronavirus, will be held from July 23 to August 8, 2021. The Paralympics will take place from August 24 to September 5 next year.
It was decided on the new dates of the Olympics 2020 in Tokyo, which were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. This was announced on Monday, March 30, by the Japanese television and radio company NHK with reference to the administration in Tokyo.
The opening ceremony of the Games will be held July 23, 2021. The competition will last until August 8. The Paralympics is scheduled to take place from August 24 to September 5, 2021.
The dates have been agreed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Tokyo City Government and Japanese authorities. The decision was taken at the end of the IOC Executive Committee meeting via teleconference.
“Olympic Games – 2020”
On Tuesday, 24 March, it became known that the IOC had decided to postpone the Olympics 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic. This step was announced after a telephone conversation between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and IOC Head Thomas Bach. At the same time, the IOC specified that the Games should be held no later than the summer of 2021, and they will still be called the “Olympic Games – 2020 in Tokyo”.
Earlier, the National Olympic Committees of France, Germany, Norway, New Zealand, Spain, the USA and other countries called for postponing the date of the Games. The Olympic Union in Germany supported the postponement of the Olympics. German politicians also criticized the wait-and-see tactics of the IOC concerning the date of the Olympic Games – 2020.
Australia and Canada refused to send athletes to Tokyo.
The National Olympic Committee of Canada announced on March 23 that it will not send its athletes to the 2020 Games due to the risk of COVID-19 viral pneumonia.
Australia’s National Olympic Committee also advised its athletes to prepare for the summer 2021 Olympic Games. Committee members unanimously agreed by videoconference that the Australian national team cannot be formed “under changing circumstances at home and abroad”.