The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Japanese organizers decided to set the opening date for the Tokyo Olympic Games in July next year.
The Tokyo event, postponed last week due to COVID-19 and now will most likely have its opening ceremony in 2021 on July 23 and closing ceremony on August 8.
The Tokyo Olympic Games were originally set to open on July 24 this year. But Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach on Tuesday agreed to put off the games for 1 year due to the COVID-19 crisis.
This delay is a huge blow to Japan, which has invested $12 billion, although financial markets initially cheered by the decision, as some investors had anticipated cancellation.
According to the World News Agency, the Coronavirus has caused the cancellation of the Olympic Games 2020, the world’s most important sporting event, the host country Japan has indicated the delaying of the Olympic Games, but a final decision in this regard will be made soon.
The last time the Olympics were dropped was in 1944, during World War II. If the 2020 Olympic Games were dropped or deferred, it would be the first Olympics games cancel due to a pandemic.