Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, all major events and tournaments have been pushed back to the next year. The Tokyo Olympics had the same fate, however, the Japanese media outlets recently reported that the organizers are expecting to secure all the venues that were listed in the initial plan. Media outlets like Kyodo and NHK claim to be confident that they will have the opportunity to be involved in the Olympics.
The 2020 Summer Olympics, this time named as ‘Tokyo 2020’ as it is going to be held in Tokyo, Japan, is an international multi-sport event. It was initially scheduled to take place from 24th July to 9th August 2020, but because of the Covid19 pandemic, the Games are now rescheduled for 23 July to 8 August 2021. Reports say that the ticket holders would surely get their refunds as the organizers seek approval of the decision from IOC’s general assembly by July 17th. It has also been said that game schedules will remain the same as before.
Masa Takaya, the spokesman for Tokyo 2020, said in his weekly news conference, “We have seen a series of media reports concerning the status of securing venues for the Games in 2021. Tokyo 2020 is aware of these reports but I need to be very clear, this is not something on which Tokyo Metropolitan Government or the Tokyo organizing committee has made a formal announcement. The organizing committee has not made such an announcement at this stage and during this process, it is very unfortunate to see such reports based on this optimistic view,” reported Sportstar.
CEO of Tokyo 2020, Toshiro Muto, recently declared that 80% of the venues remain unchanged with Athletes Village and Tokyo Big Sight, the planned media center among those is yet to be secured.