Tokyo Olympics rescheduled for July 2021

IOC president Thomas Bach.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced dates for the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics, with the Games now rescheduled to begin on July 23, 2021.

The Games will be held exactly one year later than originally planned, with the Paralympics to start August 24 and run until September 5.

“I am confident that, working together with the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the Japanese Government and all our stakeholders, we can master this unprecedented challenge,” IOC president Thomas Bach said.

“Humankind currently finds itself in a dark tunnel. These Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 can be a light at the end of this tunnel.”

Organisers have also already confirmed that ticket holders can either attend their rescheduled event or request a refund.

“Taking this decision promptly will help speed up future preparations,” said Organising committee president Yoshiro Mori.

“The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee will continue to work hard for the success of next year’s Games.”

The new dates mean that the 2021 world championships in several sports must find new dates.

World Athletics said it would push back their 2021 worlds, scheduled for August 6-15 in Oregon, by one year.

“Everyone needs to be flexible and compromise and to that end we are now working with the organisers of the World Athletics Championships in Oregon on new dates in 2022 for our World Athletics Championships,” World Athletics said.

The aquatics worlds are scheduled for July 16 to August 1 next year in Fukuoka, Japan.

Governing body FINA said it would consult with Fukuoka organisers, athletes, TV partners and other stakeholders “to determine the most appropriate solution.”

FINA has previously suggested it would look into a new 2021 date rather than moving back one year.