2020 Summer Olympics gets new dates in 2021

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The 2020 Olympics has a new date.

The International Olympic Committee and International Paralympic Committee, along with Japan’s local government and organizing committee, announced have selected July 23 to Aug. 8, 2021 as the new dates for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad.

The Paralympic Games will run Aug. 24 to Sept. 5, 2021. Both events will still take place in and around Tokyo, Japan.

The 2020 Olympics were officially postponed March 24, 2020, due to growing concerns about holding the games amid the coronavirus pandemic.

At the time, organizers said the games would not take place in 2020 but would move to summer 2021 at the latest.

Those dates overlap with the 2021 World Championships for both aquatics and track and field. Organizers of those events say they will reschedule.

Despite moving to 2021, the IOC has said that the games will still be known as the 2020 Olympics along with similar styling such as “Tokyo 2020.”

The new date will push the rescheduled summer Olympics to less than six months before the scheduled start of the 2022 Winter Olympics slated for Feb. 4, 2022 — the shortest time between the two events since the two events were held in the same year in 1992.

After 1992, the IOC began to “stagger” the summer and winter events instead of holding them the same year as it had before.

While details are being settled, at least some TV broadcast rights holders, including NBC in the U.S. began to promote the new dates.

Final schedules of actual events were not released.