New Date for Tokyo Olympics

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The Tokyo Olympics is now scheduled for July 2021.

A spokesperson for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) says the summer games will start on July 23 with closing ceremony set for August 8.

It was announced last week that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the IOC agreed to postpone the Tokyo Games for about a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Paralympic Games will be held from 24 August until 5 September 2021.

It's the first postponement of the games since the modern Olympics began in the 19th century

 

— With files from Metro Source