ANOC expresses support for new Tokyo 2020 dates
ANOC today offered its full support to the IOC, IPC, Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Government of Japan, as they confirmed the dates for the Games of the XXXII Oympiad in 2021. It was confirmed that the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will take place on 23 July to 8 August 2021.
Acting ANOC President Robin Mitchell said:
“On behalf of the NOC family, ANOC would like to commend the IOC and Tokyo 2020 for the quick decision they have taken on confirming the dates for the Olympic Games next year.
“At the heart of this decision to postpone the Games is protecting the health and well-being of the athletes and all Olympic stakeholders. The current global situation is constantly evolving and these confirmed dates safeguard everyone’s health by providing maximum time for the authorities to deal with the pandemic. The new dates also provide NOCs and their athletes maximum time to prepare for the Games and minimises disruption to the events calendar.
“ANOC has been in regular consultation with the IOC throughout this period and will continue to maintain close contact to ensure that the interests of the NOCs are well represented.
“ANOC has no doubt that Tokyo 2020 will be a fantastic Games and will bring the world together in solidarity after we have emerged stronger from this difficult period.”