Almost a week ago, the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics were postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. They now have new dates set for 2021.
The Olympics have been rescheduled for July 23 through Aug. 8, 2021. The Paralympics will take place on Aug. 24 through Sept. 5 of 2021.
Those dates are exactly one day short of a one year delay (to set the Games to start and finish on the same days of the week) to fit in with the international sports calendar and to be able to maintain as much of the original schedule as possible.
“It is fantastic news that we could find new dates so quickly for the Tokyo 2020 Games,” President of the International Paralympic Committee Andrew Parsons said in a press release. “The new dates provide certainty for the athletes, reassurance for the stakeholders and something to look forward to for the whole world.”
The press release also noted that all athletes already qualified for Tokyo 2020 will keep their spot.