The Tokyo Summer Olympics will take place at the same time slot scheduled for this year’s games, just in 2021. Organizers said Monday the opening ceremony will take place on July 23, 2021, nearly one year after they were due to start this year.
“The schedule for the Games is key to preparing for the Games,” Tokyo organizing committee president Yoshiro Mori said. “This will only accelerate our progress.” Last week, the International Olympic Committee and Japanese organizers postponed the Olympics because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Mori said a spring Olympics was considered, but holding it later gives more time to complete more qualifying events that have been postponed by the virus outbreak. “We wanted to have more room for the athletes to qualify,” Mori said. It’s the first postponement in Olympic history, though there were several cancellations during wartime.
Mori said the cost of rescheduling will be “massive” with local reports estimating billions of dollars. As of now, it seems those athletes who have qualified won’t have to re-qualify. That means that Canadians Sean McColl and Alannah Yip are still heading to the Olympics.
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