New Dates For Tokyo Olympics Finalised By IOC

The IOC, the IPC, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Government of Japan today agreed new dates for the the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in 2021. The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will be celebrated from 23 July to 9 August 2021. They also agreed on new dates for the Paralympic Games, which will be celebrated from 24 August until 5 September 2021.

This decision was taken by IOC based on the following three main considerations: 1. To protect the health of the athletes and everyone involved, and to support the containment of the COVID-19 virus. 2. To safeguard the interests of the athletes and of Olympic sport. 3. The global international sports calendar.

The IOC President Thomas Bach said: “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.” The President of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, Mori Yoshirō, said: “IOC President Thomas Bach and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee held a conference call today to discuss in detail the revised dates of the Tokyo 2020 Games. I proposed that the Games should be hosted between July and August 2021, and I really appreciate that President Bach and the various international sports federations and other related organisations, kindly accepted my proposal. 

It has previously been confirmed by the IOC that all athletes already qualified and quota places already assigned for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will remain unchanged. This is a result of the fact that these Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, in agreement with Japan, will remain the Games of the XXXII Olympiad.