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The Tokyo Olympics Will Take Place Exactly One Year Later, Starting on July 23, 2021

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With the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continuing to spread globally, the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee released a joint statement on March 24, formally announcing that the upcoming Summer Olympics would be postponed to a date no later than next summer. Now, the parties have reached a decision: the Tokyo Games will take place from July 23 to Aug. 8, 2021. "These new dates give the health authorities and all involved in the organisation of the Games the maximum time to deal with the constantly changing landscape and the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic," the statement read. "The new dates, exactly one year after those originally planned for 2020 . . . also have the added benefit that any disruption that the postponement will cause to the international sports calendar can be kept to a minimum." The deliberations came after mounting pressure from athletes around the globe. On March 21, both USA Swimming and USA Tra

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