Tokyo Olympics Postponed To 2021 Because Of Coronavirus Pandemic

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by Suchismita Pal
by Suchismita Pal 469

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The much-awaited 2020 Summer Olympics that were scheduled to be held in Tokyo, Japan this year have been postponed to 2021. The same was announced by the IOC and the Tokyo Organizing Committee on 24th July 2020. It has also been stated that the Games will take place “not later than summer 2021”. This is the first time after 1916, that Olympics have been delayed, the obvious reason being the spread of COVID-19 pandemic around the world.

First Delay In 104 Years

Olympische Sommerspiele 1916 or 1916 Summer Olympics, that were scheduled to be held in Berlin were cancelled due to the outbreak of World War 1. Since then, the Olympics have never been postponed or cancelled. The ballooning of the coronavirus cases across nations has forced the authorities to break the long-maintained line of continuity. Also, this is the very first time that Paralympics are getting cancelled. Despite the hold-up, the Games will still be branded as Tokyo 2020.

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Olympics were first held in Tokyo in 1964. The Summer Olympics to be held in Japan in 2021 will make Tokyo the first Asian city to hold summer games twice. The upcoming Games will witness the unveiling of oodles of new competitions like Madison cycling, freestyle BMX, 3×3 basketball and more. The Paralympic programme too will include badminton and taekwondo, in replacement of sailing and 7-a-side football.

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What’s More?

Interesting features that Tokyo 2020 is going to incorporate are AI-enabled facial recognition, robotic baggage assistants and even driverless cars to seamlessly manage the overwhelming rush of potential tourists. And the best part? The opening ceremonies of the event will be marked by a mind-boggling man-made meteor shower. Sounds incredible, isn’t it?

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So, all ardent sports buffs out there, brace yourselves ’cause it’s just another year to soak your souls into the vibes of the gala event.

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