Postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympic May Take Place In July 2021

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    Postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympic May Take Place In July 2021

    By Sampson Adedeji

    The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Japanese organisers are in final stages of talks to set the opening date for the Tokyo Games in July next year.

    The Tokyo event, postponed last week due to the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced a delay of about one year on Tuesday after a call with IOC President Thomas Bach. It is the first postponement in the 124-year history of the modern Olympics, although several – including the 1940 Tokyo Games – were cancelled due to war, BSN Reports.

    The delay is a huge blow to Japan, which has invested $12 billion in the run-up, although financial markets initially cheered by the decision, as some investors had anticipated cancellation.

    Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said on Sunday the government, now compiling economic-stimulus measures that Abe said will be the biggest ever, will take into account that the Olympic delay will push back several trillions of yen (tens of billions of dollars) of demand to next year.

    Games opening ceremony in 2021 is slated for July 23 and closing ceremony on Aug. 8, each a day earlier on the calendar than the original 2020 plan.

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