The rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus led the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Japanese government to agree to postpone the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games by one year, and select new dates: the Olympic Games in Tokyo will be held from 23 July to 8 August 2021 and the Paralympic Games from 24 August to 5 September 2021.
Postponing the Games represents an enormous challenge for the Olympic Movement and all its partners. It will require numerous discussions between the various stakeholders on issues that are key for the proper holding of the Games: making sure that the competition and non-competition venues are available, the athlete qualification process, ticketing, the Olympic flame and torch relay, agreements with sponsors, TOP partners, Olympic broadcasters, etc. To address all these issues, a task force entitled “Here we go” was created under the aegis of the Tokyo 2020 Coordination Commission and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee.
For more information on the postponement of the Olympic Games, take a look at these articles published on olympic.org:
- Frequently asked questions about the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
- What goes into postponing the Olympic Games?, 17.04.2020
- IOC, IPC, Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government announce new dates for the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2020, 30.03.2020
- Tokyo 2020, Here we go: New dates, same commitment, 03.04.2020
- The modern Games caught in the upheavals of history, 26.03.2020.
- IOC President: "It will require everybody’s efforts to make these Games a symbol of hope", 25.03.2020