Lausanne/Tokyo, March 30, 2020 - The International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), and the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Government of Japan formally confirmed the new dates for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad via telephone conference that took place this Monday. Due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), Tokyo Olympics 2020 were scheduled to take place next year from July 23rd to August 8th and the Paralympic Games from August 24th to September 5th.
All International Summer Sports’ Federations and all National Olympic Committees (NOCs) supported this decision. The new terms almost coincide with originally planned for 2020 (Olympic Games from July 24th to August 9th and Paralympic Games from August 25th to September 6th). The new dates will provide sufficient time for the regular and correct completion of the qualifying process for the Games.
Following today's decision, IOC President Thomas Bach said: "I want to thank the International Federations for their unanimous support and the Continental Associations of National Olympic Committees for their great partnership and support in the consultation process in the past couple of days. I would also like to thank the IOC Athletes’ Commission, with whom we have been in constant contact. Bach mentioned the previously said message about the globe's current moment: "Humankind currently finds itself in a dark tunnel, and Tokyo Olympics 2020 could be the light at the end of this tunnel." IPC President Andrew Parsons commented on the decision: "With 512 days ahead of the Paralympic Games in Tokyo, we will be able to do so. All those involved in the Paralympic movement must be primarily focused on staying healthy and safe with their families and friends during this unprecedented and difficult time for the whole world." Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe emphasized again the Japanese government's willingness to take responsibility for launching the successful Olympics. The host will implement the same mitigation measures as planned for 2020.
At the same time, IOC President Thomas Bach stressed the IOC's full commitment to successful Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.