Tokyo Olympics have new date, set to start after Wimbledon 2021

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Tokyo Olympics have new date, set to start after Wimbledon 2021

The new date for the Tokyo Olympics has been decided, it was announced on Monday. Last week, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) postponed the Tokyo Olympics due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Tokyo Olympics were initially scheduled to be held from July 24 - August 9, 2020.

The new date will see the Tokyo Olympics take place between July 23 - August 8, 2021. The new date fits well the ATP calendar as the Tokyo Olympics will take place between Wimbledon and the US Open. The 2021 Wimbledon is scheduled to end on July 11.

Meanwhile, the Tokyo Olympics became the first ever Olympic Games to get postponed. The Japanese economy is expected to take a major hit because of the Tokyo Olympics postponement. As the coronavirus outbreak is nowhere near the end, postponing the Tokyo Olympics appeared to be the right thing to do.

"Considering the current situation, in regards to the Tokyo Games, as the host nation, in order to ensure that athletes from all over the world are able to compete in their best condition, and also in order to ensure the utmost safety for the spectators, I have asked him to consider postponing the games by about a year,” Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced last Tuesday, per the NBC News.

Meanwhile, the IOC said in a joint statement with the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee: "The leaders agreed that the Olympic Games in Tokyo could stand as a beacon of hope to the world during these troubled times and that the Olympic flame could become the light at the end of the tunnel in which the world finds itself at present."