Tokyo Olympics 2020 new date confirmed

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International Olympics Committee (IOC) has confirmed the Tokyo Olympics date come 2021, barely a month after postponement over COVID-19 fears.

The new date will see Olympic games start on 23 July, 2021 and run to 8 August.

IOC executive board said on Monday that tournaments will still be called Tokyo 2020 despite taking place in 2021.

"I am confident that, working together with the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the Japanese Government and all our stakeholders, we can master this unprecedented challenge,” said IOC president Thomas Bach.

Meanwhile, the Paralympic Games, which were scheduled for 24 August, 2020, have been moved to between 24 August and 5 September, 2021.

International Paralympic Committee president Andrew Parsons said the games will once unite humanity after the pandemic.

"When the Paralympic Games do take place in Tokyo next year, they will be an extra-special display of humanity uniting as one, a global celebration of human resilience and a sensational showcase of sport,” said Parsons.

He added, "With the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games 512 days away, the priority for all those involved in the Paralympic movement must be to focus on staying safe with their friends and family during this unprecedented and difficult time."

Coronavirus pandemic has halted every sporting activity across the world, with organizing committees postponing events until a lasting solution is met.

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