Tokyo Olympics to be cancelled if not staged in 2021

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Tokyo Olympics to be cancelled if not staged in 2021

IOC President Thomas Bach has revealed there won't be further postponement of the Tokyo Olympics as the Olympics will have to be cancelled if not staged in 2021. In late-March, the decision was made to postpone the Tokyo Olympics for 2021 and the rescheduled Olympics are now due to take place from July 23 - August 8, 2021.

"Quite frankly, I have some understanding for this, because you cannot forever employ 3,000, or 5,000, people in an Organising Committee," Bach told BBC Sport. "You cannot every year change the entire sports schedule worldwide of all the major federations.

You cannot have the athletes being in uncertainty. "You cannot have so much overlapping with a future Olympic Games, so I have some understanding for this approach by our Japanese partners." When asked how confident he was of seeing the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, Bach said: "We have to be prepared for different scenarios.

There is the clear commitment to having these games in July next year. "At the same time, looking at the scenarios this may require towards the organisation, with regard to health measures, these maybe need quarantine for the athletes, for part of the athletes, for other participants.

"What could this mean for the life in an Olympic Village and so on? All these different scenarios are under consideration and this is why I'm saying it's a mammoth task, because there are so many different options that it's not easy to address them [now].

When we have a clear view on how the world will look on 23 July, 2021, then [we will] take the appropriate decisions."