Tokyo Olympics Confirms July 2021 Start Date

Mar 30, 2020
by James Smurthwaite  
First lap and fight for positions before rock dowhnills.

The Tokyo Olympics have been pushed back nearly a year and will now start on 23 July 2021.

The Olympics were scheduled to kick off on 22 July this year but the Coronavirus pandemic forced Japan and the IOC to postpone them. The Games will now run from 23 July to 8 August 2021 with the Paralympics coming shortly after from 24 August until 5 September 2021.

These dates will apparently give the organisers time to deal with the fallout from the pandemic and provide sufficient time to finish the qualification process. However, any athletes already qualified and quota places awarded will remain unchanged. The dates of specific events have not yet been released although we suspect mountain biking will fall at a similar time to its schedule in the postponed event and should be around the 28th and 29th of July.

bigquotesI want to thank the International Federations for their unanimous support and the Continental Associations of National Olympic Committees for the great partnership and their support in the consultation process over the last few days. I would also like to thank the IOC Athletes’ Commission, with whom we have been in constant contact. With this announcement, I am confident that, working together with the Tokyo 2020 Organising 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.Thomas Bach, IOC President

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  • 22 0
 Please...Google search D.P's book "inside the olympics". I spat my tea out
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 This guy's really embracing a hard situation.
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 Read the amazon comments. They're works of poetry.
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 @rbarbier12: Absolute gold! Best laugh I’ve had in weeks.
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 It is 100% necessary for every single PB poster to google that book immediately.
  • 21 5
 But what does Dick Pound have to say about this?
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 Richard 0.453592 Kilo
  • 15 4
 Where's Dick Pound?
  • 17 1
 In a meeting with his assistant Ben Dover
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 @Johanvdb: and his wife Vulva
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 @Johanvdb: and Phil McCracken
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He has a vewy gweat fwiend in Wome called 'Biggus Dickus'.
  • 3 2
 I heard Mike Hawk is coming
  • 4 1
 He's with Duncan MaDickener.
  • 3 1
 @lehott: and his buddy Mike Hunt, if I'm not mistaken
  • 3 1
 I heard rumors that Phillip McCrevas will be in attendance as well.
  • 2 1
 @spaceofades: And Mike's brother Isaac!
  • 11 3
 i only listen to respected media sources such as dick pound thank you very much
  • 8 1
 Who is Thomas Bach and why aren't we hearing this from Dick Pound?
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 Dick Pound
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 Dick Pound.
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 It's the right call. We'll see how they handle whatever crisis pops up at xmas 2020 that will throw a wrench into 2021 though...
  • 3 1
 Just here for all the Dick Pound references.
  • 2 0
 Can someone please explain the dick pound I don’t get it
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 Dick Pound is the only person who should be speaking on behalf of the IOC. At least if the audience is PB.
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 I am so excited to see Rachel McKinnon compete with the other womyn.....
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 Dick Pound
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 So I have a chance now?
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 Start training
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