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New Olympic and Paralympic Dates Announced

TOKYO, JAPAN (AP) -- The International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee announced the Tokyo Olympics will be July 23-August 8, 2021.

It was also announced Monday that the Paralympics will be held August 24-September 5, 2021.

The Opening Ceremony of the Games of the XXXII Olympiad is 480 days from today. The gap between the final day of the Tokyo Olympics and the opening of the Beijing Olympic Winter Games (February 4, 2022) will be 180 days.

IOC President Thomas Bach has agreed “100%” to a proposal of postponing the Tokyo Olympics for about one year until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday.

Abe said after his telephone talks with Bach that he requested a postponement of about one year “taking into consideration the current circumstances” and to secure an environment in which athletes can perform in their best conditions and the sense of safety and security for the audience.

The IOC has faced pressure to postpone the Olympic Games, which are scheduled to start July 24, amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The USOPC surveyed more than 4,000 athletes and nearly seven in 10 U.S. Olympic hopefuls say they don't think the Tokyo Games will be fair if they are held in July, prompting leaders of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee to conclude "it's more clear than ever that the path toward postponement is the most promising."

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Ryan Haff

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