The 2020 Tokyo Olympics is postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It will start on July 23, 2021, almost exactly a year from the original plan. This new calendar gives health authorities and all those involved in organizing the Olympics maximum time to deal with the changing situation.
Organizers of the IOC and Tokyo have once again chosen to schedule the Olympics in the middle of the hottest, wettest time of the year in the Japanese capital. This will benefit broadcasters and revenue but may not be convenient for athletes and audiences alike.
IOC President Thomas Bach and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed to postpone the Olympics to 2021 last week due to the Covid-19 pandemic. But they continue to use the Tokyo slogan 2020. All parties can master this unprecedented challenge of reorganizing the Olympics, by working together.
The Olympic Flame arrives in Japan on March 20 and will continue to burn here until the Olympics are held. But one spring day will clash with American sports leagues and European football.
Therefore, it will be significantly less attractive to broadcasters, especially NBC. They hold the broadcast rights of the United States and provide a large amount of Olympic revenue to the IOC.
Mori said a Spring Olympics were considered but holding back gave more time to complete many problems that were delayed due to a virus outbreak. They want more room for athletes to qualify.
The IOC said the heat reduction measures similar to those planned for 2020 would be implemented. Last year, the IOC decided to move marathon runners out of Tokyo to the cooler northern Sapporo city.
Delaying Olympics has launched a series of logistics challenges. But the date now provides a timeline for IOC organizers and special working groups to arrange locations, accommodation and broadcast schedules. However, the new organization schedule will have a significant impact on other events.