The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced that the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics have been postponed until 23 July 2021.
The decision taken by the IOC to have the games postponed has been welcomed by all stakeholders given the current worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. The IOC voted unanimously voted to have the event between 23 July to 8 August 2021.
The IOC issued the following statement:
“These new dates give the health authorities and all involved in the organisation of the Games the maximum time to deal with the constantly changing landscape and the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic,”
“The new dates, exactly one year after those originally planned for 2020, also have the added benefit that any disruption that the postponement will cause to the international sports calendar can be kept to a minimum. Additionally, they will provide sufficient time to finish the qualification process. The same heat mitigation measures as planned for 2020 will be implemented.”
The decision to postpone the event comes as various were about to follow Canada who had already formally withdrawn from this year’s games as they did not want to put their athletes and staff at risk.
The postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics by the IOC also prompted World Athletics to postpone the Eugene 2021 World Athletics Championships in Oregon.
World Athletics issued the following statement:
“Everyone needs to be flexible and compromise and to that end we are now working with the organisers of the World Athletics Championships in Oregon on new dates in 2022,”
“We are also in discussions with the Commonwealth Games Federation and the European Championships.”
“We would like to thank our Oregon 21 Organising Committee for their collaboration and willingness to explore all options.”