It is official … the Tokyo Olympics have a brand new begin date — July 23, 2021.
The Worldwide Olympic Committee — together with officers in Japan — made the announcement collectively Monday morning … deciding it was greatest to attend a yr because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Video games will run from July 23 to August eight.
Officers say there have been three main issues that guided their determination:
1. To guard the well being of the athletes and everybody concerned, and to help the containment of the COVID-19 virus.
2. To safeguard the pursuits of the athletes and of Olympic sport.
three. The worldwide worldwide sports activities calendar.
The IOC says the brand new dates give everybody “most time to cope with the consistently altering panorama and the disruption attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
IOC President Thomas Bach added, “With this announcement, I’m assured that, working along with the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the Tokyo Metropolitan Authorities, the Japanese Authorities and all our stakeholders, we will grasp this unprecedented problem. Humankind at present finds itself in a darkish tunnel.”
“These Olympic Video games Tokyo 2020 is usually a mild on the finish of this tunnel.”
The IOC additionally famous that “all athletes already certified and quota locations already assigned for the Olympic Video games Tokyo 2020 will stay unchanged.”
In different phrases, athletes who already qualified for 2020 are routinely good to go in 2021.
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