According to report, the Tokyo 2020 team is discussing possible dates with the International Olympic Committee.
Tokyo Olympics organisers are thinking of next July to start the 2020 olympic that was postponed, Japanese media reported Sunday, following the historic decision to delay the event due to the coronavirus.
Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic and need for preparation time, the most likely plan would be for the Games to begin on July 23, 2021, public broadcaster NHK said, citing sources within the organising panel.
It came after Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike brought the idea on Friday of moving the event to a less hot and humid time of year.
She ensured that this would make marathons and other races easier to endure, meaning they could be held in the capital instead of in northern Sapporo city, where the International Olympic Committee (IOC) had decided to move them.
The Tokyo 2020 team led by Yoshiro Mori is currently discussing possible dates with the IOC, according to the Asahi Shimbun newspaper.
Mori told a Japanese TV station on Saturday “some kind of conclusion” would be reached within a week.
The Olympics were scheduled to open on July 24, 2020 alongside the Paralympics on August 25, but Japan announced last week it had secured agreement from the IOC to postpone the Games — a decision remaekable in accord.
The Prime Minister Shinzo Abe noted, they would be held in around a year instead as a prove to humanity’s victory over the Coronavieus pandemic.
The decision had been seen to open options for Tokyo, with IOC chief Thomas Bach lamenting that “all the options are on the table” and rescheduling “is not restricted just to the summer months”.
But, NHK stated the Olympic flame would be exhibited for a month at the J-Village sports complex in Fukushima, which was used as a base camp for thousands of relief workers in radiation protection suits during the 2011 nuclear disaster.
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