Sporting events reshuffle as Tokyo Olympics postpones until 2021

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The 2020 Summer Olympic Games has announced that it will postpone the Tokyo Games until 2021.

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach agreed the event would be rescheduled for the summer of 2021 at the latest.

It’s the first time in their 124-year modern history that the Olympics have been moved or delayed during peacetime.

The challenges now are how to schedule the world’s biggest sporting event into an already packed year, with swimming’s 2021 World Aquatics Championships set for July 16 to August 1 in Fukuoka in southern Japan.

“We will now work closely with the host organising committee of the 2021 FINA World Championships in Fukuoka, with the Japan Swimming Federation and with the Japanese public authorities, in order to determine flexibility around the dates of the competition, if necessary and in agreement with the IOC,” world swimming body FINA said.

The 2021 World Athletics Championships are also likely to be postponed after organisers said they would reschedule the event to accommodate new dates for the Olympics.