Tokyo Olympics to open on July 23 next year

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The new scheduled has been drawn to give health authorities and all involved in the organization of the games the maximum time to deal with the constantly changing landscape and the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games that were postponed last week due to concerns around the coronavirus pandemic will be held in July 2021.

An NBC News Report said that the games which were originally scheduled to take place between July 24 and August 19, 2020 will now open July 23, 2021, and close August 8, 2021. The Paralympics will be held Aug. 24 through Sept. 5, 2021.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) agreed last Tuesday to postpone the games, as countries around the world struggle to contain the pandemic that has claimed more than 34,000 lives and forced millions around the world into lockdowns.

The new schedule was agreed upon in a telephone conference between IOC President Thomas Bach, Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori and other officials, the IOC said in a statement Monday.

The new dates give health authorities and all involved in the organization of the games the maximum time to deal with the constantly changing landscape and the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the statement added.

After the new dates were announced, World Athletics said its championships that were to be held in Eugene, Oregon, from Aug. 6 to 15, 2021, will be moved to new dates in 2022, so they don't clash with the new Olympic schedule.

The decision to postpone the games was welcomed by many athletes and national committees after growing calls for the games to be delayed or cancelled because of the outbreak.

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