Tokyo Olympics officially postponed until 2021

The International Olympic Committee and Tokyo Olympic organizers agreed to move the Tokyo Games to 2021. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the head of the International Olympic Committee agreed to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Games by a year in an extraordinary move, unprecedented in peacetime, as the world battles the coronavirus pandemic.

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It will mark the first time in history that the start of an Olympics will be delayed to another year. The Opening Ceremony will not be held on July 24 as scheduled, but on an undetermined 2021 date, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The IOC President and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community.

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  • President of International Olympic Committee: Thomas Bach.
  • Headquarters of International Olympic Committee: Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • International Olympic Committee founded: 23 June 1894.
  • Prime minister of Japan: Shinzo Abe.
  • Capital of Japan: Tokyo; Currency of Japan: Japanese yen.

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