International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) long-standing vow of achieving an on-schedule Tokyo Olympics 2020, also supported by the Japanese Government, has stopped as of now, as the health of Athletes and fans are being rightly seen as far greater than a sporting event being held. It is certain that the Olympics will be held in 2021, but the dates has not yet been finalised and exacted. Japanese media are reporting that The IOC and The Japanese government are in the final stage of confirming a schedule for the shifted event. It seems that the event will be shifted to July 2021.
The Tokyo Olympics will reportedly have its opening ceremony on July 23, 2021. The closing ceremony will be held on August 9, 2021. The information has been reported by NHK, Japan’s long-running public broadcaster. The schedule will, interestingly, be a day earlier than the original July 24 to August 9 plan IOC had for Olympics 2020.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s entertaining passing of the Olympic task at Rio Olympics 2016, featuring Doraemon and Abe himself as Super Mario, alongside a robotics display, was a way to show the world that Japan was ready to host the Olympics. The same Shinzo Abe was rightfully saddened to declare the postponement of one year, the first in the history of Modern Olympics. Although this is the first postponement, there have been certain times, particularly during the World Wars, when Olympics was cancelled, including the Tokyo Olympics 1940.
The postponement of Olympics is a huge blow to the economy of Japan, and financial critics anticipate the next financial announcement by Shinzo Abe will be one regarding major decisions. “If demand is being pushed back until next year, that means the same amount of demand will evaporate this year. We’ll take this into account,” Japan’s Finance Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said to media.