Tokyo Olympics moves to July 23 to August 8, 2021

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be held from July 23 to August 8, 2021, following a decision made by organisers to postpone the sporting event in response to the global Covid-19 pandemic.

The new dates were announced on March 30 by Tokyo 2020 chief Yoshiro Mori, who also said that the Paralympics will be held from August 24 to September 5 in the Japanese capital.

Postponed Tokyo Olympics to open on July 23, 2021

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics was scheduled to open on July 24 this year, and this marks the first-ever peacetime postponement of the Games.

Although the International Olympic Association and host country Japan were keen on pressing forward with the Games, the massive pressure they faced from sports bodies and athletes due to the rapidly-spreading virus has led to the eventual postponement of the event.

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