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Coronavirus: New dates for Tokyo Olympics revealed

PUBLISHED: 13:25 30 March 2020 | UPDATED: 13:26 30 March 2020

A general view of Olympic Rings outside The Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Japan.

A general view of Olympic Rings outside The Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Japan.

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The Tokyo Olympics will take place between July 23 and August 8 next year.

The International Olympic Committee confirmed the news on Monday, which followed a meeting of the Tokyo 2020 organising committee.

A decision to postpone the Olympic and Paralympic Games was taken last week by the IOC and the Japanese government because of the accelerating threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic.

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A statement from the IOC also confirmed the new dates for the Paralympic Games, which will now take place from August 24 to September 5.

“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 statement read.

“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, in the interests of the athletes and the international federations.

“Additionally, they will provide sufficient time to finish the qualification process. The same heat mitigation measures as planned for 2020 will be implemented.”


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