Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, postponed to summer 2021


The Olympic games which were supposed to take place in the summer of 2020 were postponed due to complications with COVID-19. The International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, and the Government of Japan all agreed to new dates for the 33rd Olympics to take place in 2021.

“There is now only one year to go to the opening of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 on 23 July 2021” stated Yuriko Koike, the governor of Tokyo.

The Olympics not being canceled is saving Tokyo from losing billions of dollars that were put into organizing the Olympics. Olympic organizers also found that they have found savings of about $280 million simplifying and cutting unnecessary features from the postponed games.

“How we calculated the cost reductions is something that is unprecedented and it is an initiative no one has ever experienced,” said Gakuji Ito, the Financial Officer of the Tokyo Olympics.

Even though the Olympics are still set to happen this summer, there will be some changes made due to COVID.

“Based on the present situation of the pandemic, it is highly unlikely that entry into Japan will be guaranteed this summer for people from overseas,” the Olympic organizing committee said in a statement.

“The Tokyo 2020 Games will be completely different from the past, but the essence remains the same,” stated Ms. Hashimoto, President of the Tokyo Committee.