Tokyo Olympics postponed until summer 2021
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has agreed to postpone the next Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games for one year, as reported today by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. After talking by phone with the IOC President, Thomas Bach, both the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee and the IOC itself have confirmed in an official statement that the Tokyo Olympics are postponed "until the summer of 2021, at the latest" because of the coronavirus pandemic responsible for COVID-19.
"Japan, as a host country, under the current circumstances, has proposed that the IOC study whether the Olympic Games can be postponed for about a year so that athletes can have the best conditions," Abe told reporters.
Ending the uncertainty in which athletes around the world have lived in recent weeks has been the main reason to advance the news of the postponement.
In the case of tennis, the official list of participants for Tokyo 2020 was not yet known, a list that had to be drawn up according to the ATP ranking that was due to be published on Monday, June 7, the first day after the also postponed Roland Garros tournament. .
The postponement of the Tokyo Olympics also opens a gap in this year's calendar that could be used to relocate some of the many canceled tournaments on the circuit. The dates of tennis in the Japanese capital were from July 25 to August 2.