New date announced for Olympics

The new date for the Tokyo Olympics has been announced.

IOC president Thomas Bach has announced that the Tokyo Olympic Games will start on 23 July, 2021 and run to 8 August.

The Olympics will still be called Tokyo 2020 despite taking place in 2021.

The Paralympic Games, originally due to start on 24 August, 2020, will now take place between 24 August and 5 September, 2021.

The decision to postpone both events was taken to protect the health of the athletes and everyone involved and to support the containment of the Covid-19 virus.

Bach said: “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 new dates also took into consideration the rest of the global sports calendar after the men’s football European Championship was postponed to the summer of 2021.

It was the first time in the Olympic Games’ 124-year modern history that they have been delayed. However, they were cancelled altogether in 1916 because of World War One and again in 1940 and 1944 for World War Two.

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