The International Olympic Committee, the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the government of Japan and representatives of the Tokyo city government have agreed that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad will take place from 23rd July to 8th August 2021.
“It is good news for everyone that we now know the target date that we can prepare for,” said Jiří Kejval, President of the Czech Olympic Committee. “
Postponing the Olympic Games by a year later is a logical step for many reasons. It provides the organizers and other interested parties with the maximum possible time to prepare in the current situation, which remains uncertain, and will permit the completion of the qualification, and also minimize the impact on the sporting calendar.”
The Paralympic Games, originally due to start on 24 August, 2020, will now take place between 24 August and 5 September, 2021.
IOC president Thomas Bach said: “I am confident that, working together with the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the Japanese Government, and all our stakeholders, we can master this unprecedented challenge.
“Humankind currently finds itself in a dark tunnel. These Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 can be a light at the end of this tunnel.”