Tokyo Olympics to officially begin in July 2021 after coronavirus forced suspension

Tokyo Olympics to officially begin in July 2021 after coronavirus forced suspension

- Tokyo 2020 will now kick off on July 23, 2021, and will end August 8

- This was made known by the president of the Olympic Games organising committee

- The event was forced to be moved a year further due to the ravaging coronavirus

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics which was postponed due to the rampaging coronavirus has been officially scheduled to hold from July 23 to August 8, 2021, Daily Star reports.

The Olympics was expected to start on July 24, 2020 after all the Leagues in the world may have been concluded, but the date has now been cancelled.

Olympic committee has however proposed the summer of 2021 as the new date for the Olympic Games.

The dreaded novel coronavirus forced officials to postpone the showpiece as all other major sporting competitions across the globe have been suspended until further notice.

In consideration of the pandemic and the need for adequate preparation of athletes, the games will now officially begin on July 23 in the coming year.

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According to Yoshiro Mori, who is the Olympic Games organising president, he will be meeting with the International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach to discuss further as regards the new date.

"Opinions on both sides have been compiled, whether spring or summer, there are opinions for both options," said Mori this week.

Athletes will be delighted about the news as they can now complement all their rigorous training schedules amid the lockdown.

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Coronavirus outbreak also forced the South America’s football governing body to postpone the 2020 Copa America championship scheduled for this summer.

The continental competition was originally scheduled to hold in Argentina and Colombia between June 12 to July 12. It has now been moved to the summer of 2021 following the spread of the deadly virus.

According to Daily Star, all South American leagues have been suspended while other continental competition including Copa Libertadores has been put on hold recently.

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Legit.ng earlier reported that Euro 2020 has been postponed until 2021 amid the outbreak of the deadly Coronavirus, cited on BBC.

Europe's football governing body UEFA held a crisis meeting on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, and the decision was taken to move the tournament to the summer of 2021.

The prestigious tournament will now hold between June 11, to July 11, 2021, as against June 12, 2020, which supposed to kick off in Rome, Italy, and finish at Wembley on July 12, 2020.

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin and his crew held series of meetings before reaching the conclusion of canceling the tournament.

The final decision was taken as in an attempt to allow next club season to begin as scheduled and be the least disruptive option.

The tournament was scheduled to hold in 12 different cities across the continent to mark the competition's 60th anniversary.

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