The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced that the Tokyo Olympic Games, originally scheduled for this summer of 2020, will take place from July 23 to August 8, 2021. They have been postponed due to a health crisis linked to the coronavirus. The Olympics should have been held from July 24 to August 9, 2020.
Sports enthusiasts can already mark the dates in their calendar. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics, postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, will open on Friday July 23, 2021, almost a year to the day after the originally scheduled date, and will end on August 8, the organizers announced on Monday.
“The Olympic Games will be held from July 23 to August 8, 2021. The Paralympics will be held from August 24 to September 5,” said Japanese organizing committee chair Yoshiro Mori at a press conference in Tokyo last announced. minute.
A few hours earlier, Mori had said that he expected the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to announce the new dates for the Games later this week. However, the date of July 23, 2021 had already leaked in the Japanese media.
A historical postponement of the Olympic Games
The announcement comes less than a week after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Japan decided to postpone the historic postponement of the Games, which were originally scheduled to open on July 24, 2020, following mounting concerns and pressure from the share of athletes and sports federations in the face of the global health crisis.
The organizers had then expressed their desire to organize the Games by the summer of 2021 at the latest, but had not yet fixed the dates.
Some media had speculated that the organizers could take advantage of the postponement to make the competition rather be held in the spring, much more favorable than the summer, very hot and humid in Tokyo.
The hot summer weather in the Japanese capital had pushed the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to relocate the flagship marathon event to Sapporo, in the far north of Japan, in order to limit the risks for the participants.
The 2021 World Athletics Championships postponed to 2022
The postponement of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games due to the ongoing pandemic is unprecedented in the history of the modern Olympic Games in peacetime, and represents a colossal logistical challenge for the organizers.
Earlier today, Mr. Mori had insisted on the need to quickly settle the issue of the new dates for the Olympics so that we could then move on to everything else.
In addition, the World Championships in Athletics scheduled for Eugene (Oregon) in August 2021 will take place in 2022, following the announcement of the new dates for the Olympic Games.
“We support the new dates for the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2021 (…) which allow the time necessary for athletes to return to training and competitions”, writes the International Athletics Federation in a press release. “We are now working with the organizers of the World Championships in Oregon scheduled for new dates in 2022,” added World athletics (ex-IAAF). The World Championships were scheduled from August 6 to 15, 2021, a date made impossible by the choice of the IOC.
World athletics is also declaring itself “in discussions” with the organizers of the European Championships (Munich, from August 11 to 21) and the Commonwealth Games (Birmingham, from July 18 to 31), two multisport competitions also planned for the summer 2022, who could see their calendar turned upside down.
The following Worlds are scheduled a year later in Budapest in the summer of 2023, while the European Championships scheduled in Paris from August 25 to 30, 2020 are currently maintained.