Tokyo Olympics to open July 23 next yearYoshiro Mori, President of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Organising Committee, faces an unprecedented challenge. (AFP photo)TOKYO: The Tokyo Olympics will begin on July 23 next year, organisers said on Monday, after the coronavirus forced the historic decision to postpone the Games until 2021. The Paralympics will be held from August 24 to September 5," Tokyo 2020 chief Yoshiro Mori told reporters at a hastily arranged news conference. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics were due to open on July 24 this year and run for 16 days, but the coronavirus pandemic forced the first peace-time postponement of the Games. "But I believe it is the mission of the Tokyo 2020 organising committee to hold the Olympics and Paralympics next year as a proof of mankind's victory" against the virus.
Source: Bangkok Post March 30, 2020 12:00 UTC