The cream of the sporting crop are now gearing up for a showdown in Japan
But in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic, bosses were forced into making the difficult decision to postpone the Games by 12 months.
Athletes have already been testing out the facilities at Toyko’s Olympic StadiumCredit: AFP
The Japan National Stadium looks stunning but may not hold fans during the GamesCredit: Rex
There are still plenty of protests in Japan over the Games themselves, with fluctuating Covid rates still a danger to the Olympics even today.
When are the Tokyo 2020 Olympics?
The 2020 Olympics will not take place in 2020, after it was confirmed International Olympic Committee that they had been postponed by 12 months.
Instead, they are set to be held almost 12 months later to the day:
- OLYMPICS START DATE: July 23, 2021
- OLYMPICS END DATE: August 8, 20201
The Paralympics have also been moved back a year, taking place between August 24, 2021 and September 5, 2021.
What have the IOC said?
In a statement released after the announcement of the postponement, saying the Games will be rescheduled.
The IOC said: “In the present circumstances and based on the information provided by the WHO today, 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.
“The leaders agreed that the Olympic Games in Tokyo could stand as a beacon of hope to the world during these troubled times and that the Olympic flame could become the light at the end of the tunnel in which the world finds itself at present. Therefore, it was agreed that the Olympic flame will stay in Japan. It was also agreed that the Games will keep the name Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.”
Head of the Tokyo Organising Committee, Toshiro Muto, added on Friday 10 April: “I don’t think anyone would be able to say if it is going to be possible to get [the pandemic] under control by next July or not.
“We’re certainly not in a position to give a clear answer.
“We have made the decision to postpone the Games by one year. So this means all we can do is work hard to prepare for the Games. We sincerely hope that come next year mankind will manage to overcome the coronavirus crisis.”