Tokyo Olympics organisers considering July 2021 for opening ceremony

March 29, 2020

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The Summer Olympics in Tokyo, postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, will likely open on July 23, 2021, according to people familiar with the matter.

The International Olympic Committee and Japanese organizers bowed to widespread pressure among athletes, sports federations and national Olympic committees and Tuesday agreed to postpone the games to 2021, but left the new date in question. The opening ceremony of the games had been scheduled for July 24.

The IOC said a final decision could come in weeks, but it is now much more likely to be announced earlier, according to the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of guidance issued by the IOC. Japanese state broadcaster NHK on Saturday also reported July 23, 2021, as the new target.

The IOC will convene an emergency meeting of its decision-making executive board Sunday to discuss the decision.

Mark Adams, a spokesman for the organization, gave a one-word answer, “speculation,” when asked about the new date Saturday.

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