IOC / OLYMPIC GAMES NEW DATES

30-Mar-2020 00:04:21
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and International Paralympic Committee (IPC) together with the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Government of Japan have announced that the rescheduled Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will take place from 23 July to 8 August 2021, and the Paralympic Games will take place from 24 August to 5 September 2021. IOC
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DATELINE: 30 MARCH 2020, OLYMPIC HOUSE, LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND / FILE
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FILE - LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND

1. Pan right, exterior Olympic House

30 MARCH 2020, OLYMPIC HOUSE, LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Thomas Bach, President, International Olympic Committee (IOC):
“Today we have set the dates for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 to be celebrated in the year 2021. For the Olympic Games, from the 23rd of July to the 8th of August and for the Paralympic Games from the 24th of August to the 5th of September.”

FILE – TOKYO, JAPAN

3. Wide shot, Tokyo 2020 mascots

30 MARCH 2020, OLYMPIC HOUSE, LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Thomas Bach, President, International Olympic Committee (IOC):
“We chose these dates to follow our principles, which we established on 17th March, and this is, first of all, to safeguard the health of anyone involved in the Olympic Games and to make our contribution to the containment of the virus – a fact which has been acknowledged, among many others, also by the summit of the G20 just lately. And we had to look into the international sports calendar to maintain the uniqueness of the Olympic Games. With these reasons, we can now look forward to having these Games next summer, which is a period which is also manageable by our Japanese partners and friends because they have always said a date at the latest in summer 2021.”

FILE – TOKYO, JAPAN

5. Wide shot, time-lapse of building process of Olympic / Paralympic Village

30 MARCH 2020, OLYMPIC HOUSE, LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Thomas Bach, President, International Olympic Committee (IOC):
“This is a huge challenge. It is unprecedented. We don't have a blueprint. We have no experts to refer to. Now, we have to work and we're working already with the International Federations. We have to take the qualification into consideration - what it means for the athletes. We have to see, and in particular the Organising Committee will have to see whether the sports venues are still available. What is happening with all the installations which have already been accomplished for the Games in 2020. We will have to see with the Olympic Village, which is the heart of the Games, to find a good solution there. We have to cooperate with all the broadcasters all over the world to have as many
people as possible following these postponed Olympic Games. We have to find agreement with sponsors - they in turn have to adjust their programmes. So, it's really a huge, a huge challenge.”

FILE – TOKYO, JAPAN

7. Various shots, IOC President Thomas Bach handing over the Olympic flag at the closing
ceremony of the Olympic Games Rio 2016 to Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko

30 MARCH 2020, OLYMPIC HOUSE, LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND


8. SOUNDBITE (English) Thomas Bach, President, International Olympic Committee (IOC):
“We are all humankind. We are in a very dark tunnel at this moment in time and we do not know how long this tunnel might be. But we are confident with these Olympic Games at this new dates then we can be the light at the end of this dark tunnel and we can therefore give hope to the athletes of the world, but also to the wider public, that there is something happening there next year, which can unite the world and as Prime Minister Abe said, unite the world hopefully in celebration of humanity for a victory against this virus.”

FILE – TOKYO, JAPAN

9. Various shots, Prime Minister of Japan Abe Shinzō at the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games Rio 2016
STORYLINE
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and International Paralympic Committee (IPC) together with the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Government of Japan have announced that the rescheduled Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will take place from 23 July to 8 August 2021, and the Paralympic Games will take place from 24 August to 5 September 2021.

The rescheduled dates were agreed during a telephone conference call earlier today with IOC President Thomas Bach, Tokyo 2020 President Mori Yoshirō, Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko and Olympic and Paralympic Minister Hashimoto Seiko.

The new dates are exactly one year after those originally planned for the Olympic Games 2020: 24 July to 9 August 2020 and Paralympic Games: 25 August to 6 September 2020.

SOUNDBITE (English) Thomas Bach, President, International Olympic Committee (IOC):
“Today we have set the dates for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 to be celebrated in the year 2021. For the Olympic Games, from the 23rd of July to the 8th of August and for the Paralympic Games from the 24th of August to the 5th of September.”

The decision was taken based on three main considerations and in line with the principles established by the IOC Executive Board (EB) on 17 March 2020 and confirmed at its meeting today. These were supported by all the International Summer Olympic Sports Federations (IFs) and all the National Olympic Committees (NOCs).

SOUNDBITE (English) Thomas Bach, President, International Olympic Committee (IOC):
“We chose these dates to follow our principles, which we established on 17th March, and this is, first of all, to safeguard the health of anyone involved in the Olympic Games and to make our contribution to the containment of the virus – a fact which has been acknowledged, among many others, also by the summit of the G20 just lately. And we had to look into the international sports calendar to maintain the uniqueness of the Olympic Games. With these reasons, we can now look forward to having these Games next summer, which is a period which is also manageable by our Japanese partners and friends because they have always said a date at the latest in summer 2021.”

It has previously been confirmed that all athletes already qualified and quota places already assigned for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will remain unchanged. This is a result of the fact that these Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, in agreement with Japan, will remain the Games of the XXXII Olympiad.

SOUNDBITE (English) Thomas Bach, President, International Olympic Committee (IOC):
“This is a huge challenge. It is unprecedented. We don't have a blueprint. We have no experts to refer to. Now, we have to work and we're working already with the International Federations. We have to take the qualification into consideration - what it means for the athletes. We have to see, and in particular the Organising Committee will have to see whether the sports venues are still available. What is happening with all the installations which have already been accomplished for the Games in 2020. We will have to see with the Olympic Village, which is the heart of the Games, to find a good solution there. We have to cooperate with all the broadcasters all over the world to have as many
people as possible following these postponed Olympic Games. We have to find agreement with sponsors - they in turn have to adjust their programmes. So, it's really a huge, a huge challenge.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Thomas Bach, President, International Olympic Committee (IOC):
“We are all humankind. We are in a very dark tunnel at this moment in time and we do not know how long this tunnel might be. But we are confident with these Olympic Games at this new dates then we can be the light at the end of this dark tunnel and we can therefore give hope to the athletes of the world, but also to the wider public, that there is something happening there next year, which can unite the world and as Prime Minister Abe said, unite the world hopefully in celebration of humanity for a victory against this virus.”

The Olympic flame, which arrived in Japan on 20 March, will continue to burn in the
country until the Olympic Games.
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