The opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics may be set for July 23, 2021 – almost exactly a year after they were originally scheduled.
The organizers had accepted the delay due to the new coronavirus pandemic which the world is yet to nip in the bud.
Yoshiro Mori, president of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee, said committee members are “hoping to make a decision during the next week”. It was initially set to start on July 24, this year, a Friday.
All preparations are now geared toward the new date which the Olympic authorities will officially ratify soon after proper consultations with the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
The IOC and the Japanese organizing committee announced on March 24 that the Tokyo Olympics will be delayed a year due to the global outbreak of the new coronavirus but no specific dates were in view then.
Japanese officials are at peace with the new dates – more than a year from now – as it will allow them prepare more adequately.
Consequently, other countries world over and stakeholders will work toward the new date that was mandated by Covid-19 pillaging consequences.