Quite expected against the backdrop of the pandemic was the decision of the Olympic Committee to postpone the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Now known exact dates – the Games will be held from July 23 to August 8 of the next, 2021.
Such an agreement was reached as a result of lengthy negotiations between participants in the organization process, first of all, between chefs from the IOC, main organizers, the Japanese government and the International Paralympic Committee.
Of course, this will affect the training programs for athletes, conducting rating and qualification competitions. Some athletes, such as Gwen Berry, are already making high-profile statements that such a decision crippled them financially. But this is the only way to protect athletes, spectators, and administrators from a pandemic. Moreover, such a decision quite naturally fits into measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
It was the health of all participants in the Olympic Games that was recognized as the highest value. Many famous athletes, for example, an American gymnast Simone Biles, have already supported such a decision of the International Olympic Committee.
The new calendar postponed exactly for one year of the originally planned dates. This will allow keeping the already developed sports calendar in the most complete way, and the athletes will have enough time to complete the interrupted competition process.
Despite the new dates, the Olympic Games will continue to be called Tokyo 2020. This will be the first transfer of the Olympic Games in peacetime in the history of competitions. So far, games have been canceled only because of world wars. Therefore, the decision was not easy for the organizers. But it is accepted, and the process of coordinating the entire sports calendar of 2021 with the introduction of the largest world event is already underway.