Tokyo Olympics dates are expected to be announced by next week, 23 July is a possible date

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Tokyo Olympics are now postponed by a year, this announcement was made by the IOC and the organising committee in a joint statement by President Thomas Bach after speaking to Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

This is the first time in Olympics 124-year modern history that the Games have been postponed. They were canceled in 1916, 1940 and 1944.

Now the Olympic Games are slated for the summer of 2021, most likely to be held between June and September, Japanese news agency Kyodo reported Mori saying on Saturday.

Earlier, Tokyo Olympic organisers were interested in rescheduling the games in the spring of 2021. But now they seem to be leaning away from it. “I want to offer some conclusions by the end of next week after we’ve mulled it over,” Mori said.

The Tokyo Olympics will most likely have its opening ceremony in 2021 on 23 July and closing ceremony on 8 August, each a day earlier on the calendar than the original 2020 plan, said public broadcaster NHK on Sunday, citing unnamed sources.

Mori also said in a letter addressed to the 33 international sports federations that the extra costs that come from the postponement of the Games will be inevitable and a challenge to cover. “Deciding who bears these costs will be a major challenge,” he said in the letter which has been posted on the website of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The delay is a huge blow to Japan as all their policy from the last few years revolved around the games. Tokyo organisers say they are spending $12.6 billion to stage the games. However, a government audit report said it will cost at least twice that much. All but $5.6 billion is public money.