Olympics 2020 gets new 2021 dates
IOC confirms July 2021 dates for postponed Games.
The Tokyo Olympic Games now have new dates of July 23 to Aug. 8, 2021.
As promised the event will still be called the 2020 Olympics.
The date is year on from the originally-scheduled event on 24 July 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
IOC president Thomas Bach in a statement, “With this announcement, 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.
“Humankind currently finds itself in a dark tunnel. These Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 can be a light at the end of this tunnel.”
Seven is yet to confirm broadcast plans and advertisers for 2021 but Kurt Burnette Chief Revenue Officer & Director of Olympics has said in part, “We will now be working with local and global officials, as well as our client partners here, to work collaboratively through this postponement, with detailed updates to follow. From there we will mobilise our teams and develop the very best transition practices to get us to a highly successful Games in July 2021.”
Updated: Paralympics 2020 are August 24 to September 5 2021.