The organising committee, together with all relevant parties, have announced new dates for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.
This year’s Summer Olympics were postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The multi-discipline event was scheduled to be held from July 24 to August 9 this year.
The Games will now be held from July 23 to August 8 next year, while the Paralympics will take place from August 24 to September 5.
The new dates give health authorities and all involved the maximum time to deal with the constantly changing landscape and disruption caused by the pandemic.
“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,” said IOC president Thomas Bach.
“Humankind currently finds itself in a dark tunnel. These Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 can be a light at the end of this tunnel.”
It has previously been confirmed that all those who have already qualified and quota places already assigned for the Olympics will remain unchanged.