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Coronavirus: Tokyo Olympics begin next July 23 after being delayed by the disease

The Tokyo Olympics will finally begin on July 23, 2021, as the chiefs confirm dates for the showpieces delayed due to the corona virus crisis

  • The Olympics scheduled for 2021 have new dates after they were pushed back from 2020
  • Japan was forced to postpone the games due to the coronavirus outbreak
  • The opening ceremony now starts on July 23 and ends on August 8
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The organizers of the Tokyo Olympics have confirmed their key dates for the tournament after it was pushed back to next year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Japan was forced to postpone the long-awaited tournament with the deadly virus that swept the world and forced the sports world to its knees.

Now the opening ceremony of the games will now take place on July 23, 2021, with the closing ceremony on August 8.

The Tokyo Olympics now begin on July 23 next year and end on August 8

The Tokyo Olympics now begin on July 23 next year and end on August 8

The original start of the games would take place on July 24 this year, with the grand final on August 9.

But despite weeks of denial that the competition would succumb to the virus, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe finally confirmed that the game would not go ahead last week.

A joint statement by the IOC and Tokyo organizers said the decision was aimed at “protecting athletes’ health.”

It said, “In the current circumstances, and based on the information provided by the World Health Organization today, the IOC President and Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Games should be moved beyond 2020 but no later than Summer 2021 , to protect the health of athletes, everyone involved in the Games and the international community. ‘

Organizers in Tokyo have already spent an estimated £ 10 billion on the Games, and experts predict the postponement could cost them another £ 2 billion.