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Organizers of Tokyo Olympics announce new dates for Games

4 years 1 month 3 weeks ago Monday, March 30 2020 Mar 30, 2020 March 30, 2020 8:35 AM March 30, 2020 in News
Source: USA Today
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Less than a week after announcing that the Games would be postponed, officials decided on new dates for the Tokyo Olympics.

According to USA Today, on Monday organizers announced  a new start date of July 23, 2021 and a closing ceremony scheduled for Aug. 8. 

The Tokyo Olympics had previously been slated to start almost exactly one year earlier, running from July 24 through Aug. 9.

"These new dates give the health authorities and all involved in the organization of the Games the maximum time to deal with the constantly changing landscape and the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic," the IOC said in a news release.

A year-long postponement was widely viewed as the most logical choice considering the logistical hurdles involved with the alternatives.

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