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The Olympics: Tokyo 2020 Games postponed to 2021

By Prof Dr Ian Blackshaw On 24 March 2020, the Summer Olympic Games, which were scheduled to take place in Tokyo in July and August were postponed for the safety of the athletes, due to the Coronavirus pandemic. This news was generally greeted by sports governing bodies with relief. The IOC has been quick to act and agree a new date for the Games, which was announced on 30 March 2020 and they will continue to be known as ‘Tokyo 2020’. Again, much to the relief of sports governing bodies. The Games will now take place from 23 July to 8 August 2021; whilst the Paralympics, which were scheduled to begin on 24 August 2020, will now be held from 24 August 2021 to 5 September 2021. Commenting on the decision, the IOC President, Dr Thomas Bach, said: “Humankind currently finds itself in a dark tunnel. These Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 can be a light at the end of this tunnel.” Whilst Andrew Parsons, the President of the International Paralympic Committee, remarked: “When the Paralympic Games do take place in Tokyo next year, they will be an extra special display of humanity uniting as one, a global celebration of human resilience and a sensational showcase of sport.” Let us hope that the Summer Olympics do, in fact, take place in Tokyo next year and are not derailed by some other yet unknown global catastrophe! Prof Dr Ian Blackshaw may be contacted by e-mail at ‘This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Dr. Rijkele Betten

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Prof. Dr. Ian S. Blackshaw

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Prof. Guglielmo Maisto
Maisto e Associati, Milano

Dr. Dick Molenaar
All Arts Tax Advisors, Rotterdam


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Hardwick & Morris LLP, London

Mr. Mario Tenore
Maisto e Associati, Milano


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