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Tokyo Olympics will now be held in July 2021

The opening ceremony will take place on 23 July, 2021, almost exactly one year after the games were due to start this year and the event will close on 9 August.

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The opening of the Tokyo Olympics has been rescheduled to July 2021 after the games originally set for this year were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Bach earlier this month decided to delay the games that were set to begin this July, as the pandemic made it impossible for aspiring Olympians to train and, in many cases, qualify before July.

Yoshiro Mori, president of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee announced that he had agreed with Thomas Bach, head of the International Olympic Committee, to hold the games from July 23 to Aug. 8 of next year.

The new dates were decided from among several proposed time frames, including springtime, to avoid major conflicts with the international sports calendar and to minimize the logistical challenges faced by organisers. 

A task force established by the Tokyo Games organizing committee charged with handling the delay opted for a similar time frame in 2021 in order to use existing plans for the games as much as possible.

Japan is officially spending $12.6 billion to organize the Olympics. The Switzerland-based International Olympic Committee is contributing $1.3 billion, according to organizing committee documents. The IOC's contribution goes into the operating budget.


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