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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Tokyo Olympics to start July 23, 2021

Paralympics to begin Aug. 24 and organizers hope to use same venues as planned for 2020

The Tokyo Olympic Games have been delayed to the summer of 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The Tokyo Olympic Games will now start on July 23 next year and finish on Aug. 8, authorities said on Monday.

Yoshiro Mori, president of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee, and Yuriko Koike, Tokyo's governor, told reporters about the new date at news conferences on Monday evening. This was after they had conferred with Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, and Seiko Hashimoto, the government minister in charge of the Olympics, they said.

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