Organisers announce schedule for rearranged Tokyo Olympics

Tokyo, July 17

Next yr’s Tokyo Olympics will comply with an virtually equivalent competitors schedule because the one deliberate for this yr earlier than the occasion was postponed as a result of novel coronavirus pandemic, organisers stated on Friday.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Japanese authorities determined in March to postpone the Games till 2021 and organisers have been working to rearrange an occasion virtually a decade within the making.

The new date for the opening ceremony on the newly-built National Stadium – July 23, 2021 – had already been introduced however the full schedule was pending closing approval till Friday when the Tokyo 2020 organising committee made a presentation to the IOC Session in Lausanne.

The Games had been set to start on July 24 this yr.

The new schedule means ladies’s softball will kick off competitors at 9 am (0000 GMT) in Fukushima on July 21, two days earlier than the Games formally open, with all occasions happening a day sooner than the 2020 schedule.

There have additionally been some minor adjustments to session occasions.

The Games are set to be the largest ever by way of occasions, with a document 339 medals obtainable, earlier than the closing ceremony on August 8.

One of the largest hurdles for organisers was securing the 42 venues wanted for the Games as many had already been booked for 2021.

However, Tokyo 2020 Executive Director of Operations Satoshi Yamashita stated this week all venues had been “secured verbally”.

The marathon and race strolling occasions will stay within the northern metropolis of Sapporo after being controversially moved out of Tokyo due to the anticipated scorching summer time warmth. Reuters

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