There are no plans to postpone the Olympic Games in Tokyo to 2022. Japan will not cope with a longer delay, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said.
The IOC and the organizing committee of the Tokyo Games in late March announced the postponement of the summer Olympics to 2021 because of a coronavirus. The Games are scheduled to run from July 23 to August 8, 2021. This is the first Olympics in recent history to be postponed. Earlier, the Chairman of the Tokyo 2020 organizing Committee, Yoshiro Mori, said that the Games would be canceled if the coronavirus pandemic is not brought under control by next year.
“Our Japanese partners and the Prime Minister have made it clear that Japan will not be able to cope with the postponement later than next summer. The postponement will entail restrictions and compromises on the part of all participants. There is no plan to postpone (the Games),” the IOC said in a statement on its official website.
“(If the pandemic does not subside by the summer of 2021) we will follow the risk management and mitigation measures established by the world health organization for mass events in the context of the current coronavirus outbreak. We will continue to follow the principle that has guided all our decisions: organizing the Olympic Games only in a safe environment for all the people involved. We will strive to follow this principle in the future,” the IOC stressed.