After the unprecedented decision was made to postpone the 2020 Olympic Games, Tokyo will
play host to the Games on 23 July.
The Coronavirus pandemic caused havoc worldwide, and was the reason for the postponement. The Games has only ever been canceled three times, with war being the reason on all three occasions. This is the first time ever that it has been postponed.
EWN reports that a poll in July showed that just one in four people in Japan wanted to see the Games held in 2021, with most backing either a further delay or a cancellation.
The president of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, said in a statement that the date was picked to give organisers the maximum amount of time to deal with the fallout of the coronavirus.
“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.”
The organising committee behind the planned event confirmed that those who had bought tickets will still be able to attend as their tickets will still be valid for their specified events. Refunds will be given to those who prefer to get their money back.
Meanwhile the Paralympic Games will take place from 24 August to 5 September 2021.
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