By Uche Dozie
Football Writer, kick442.com-Nigeria
The International Olympic Committee (IOC), Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Japanese Government have agreed on new dates for the Olympics and the Para Olympics games in Tokyo.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics will take place from July 23 to August 8, 2021.
While the Paralympic Games are now scheduled for August 24 to September 5, 2021.
The 2020 games had been postponed due to the novel corona virus outbreak which has ravaged the world and the world economy.
The leaderships of the key parties came together via telephone conference earlier today, joined by IOC President Thomas Bach, Tokyo 2020 President Mori Yoshirō, Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko and Olympic and Paralympic Minister Hashimoto Seiko, and agreed on the new schedule.
According to Olympic.org, the decision was taken in consideration of the following:
1. To protect the health of the athletes and everyone involved, and to support the containment of the COVID-19 virus.
2. To safeguard the interests of the athletes and of Olympic sport.
3. The global international sports calendar.
The new date is said to be ‘ideal’ as it affords health authorities and everyone involved in the organization of the game to prepare.
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