The Tokyo Olympic Games have been rescheduled for July 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The games were originally supposed to take place from 24 July- 9 August 2020, with the Paralympics originally supposed to be from 25 August-6 September 2020. Following the COVID-19 outbreak both this years Olympics and Paralympics were both postponed on the 24 March, after a meeting between Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Abe Shinzo, Japan’s Prime Minister.
The Olympics will now be held from Friday 23 July-Sunday 8 August 2021, with the Paralympics taking place from Tuesday 24 August-Sunday 5 September 2021.
The tickets that were purchased for this years event will still be valid next summer and a refund will be given to those who can no longer make it to Japan in 115 days time.
It is the first time in the Olympic Games’ 124-year modern history that they have been delayed, however the Games were cancelled in 1916, due to World War One and the same outcome followed from 1940-1944 for World War Two. The Cold War in the 1980’s led to the boycotts of the Moscow Games in 1980, as well as the Los Angeles Games four years later.