The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has decided on the new date for the next edition of the Olympic Games having postponed it due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The 2020 Olympics, billed to take place in Tokyo this summer, was shifted to hold in the summer of 2021 after the IOC agreed with the Japanese government last week.
The Olympics will still be called Tokyo 2020 despite taking place in 2021.
In a statement on Monday, the Committee said it had decided to host the games between July 23 and August 8, 2021.
The Committee also confirmed the new dates for the Paralympic Games, which will now take place from August 24 to September 5.
“I want to thank the International Federations for their unanimous support and the Continental Associations of National Olympic Committees for the great partnership and their support in the consultation process over the last few days,” said IOC president Thomas Bach
“I would also like to thank the IOC Athletes’ Commission, with whom we have been in constant contact.
“With this announcement, 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.
“These Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 can be a light at the end of this tunnel.”
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.
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