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Tokyo 2020 Olympics: When will Games now take place after being postponed this summer?

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ATHLETES from around the world have spent four long years preparing for this summer's Tokyo Olympics, but they will now have to wait a bit longer.

The cream of the crop are gearing up for a showdown in Japan - but in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic bosses have been forced into making the difficult decision.

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Japan have been working hard to control the spread of the disease since their first recorded case on January 23.

When are the 2020 Olympics?

THE 2020 Olympics will not take place this summer, it has been confirmed by the International Olympic Committee.

It is most likely the event will be staged in 2021 instead, with organisers saying the summer of next year is the latest date it can be staged.

The 2020 Olympics were set to get going with the opening ceremony on Friday, July 24 this summer. This has all now been postponed.

Instead, they are set to be held almost 12 months later to the day - starting on July 23, 2021 and finishing on August 8, 2021.

The Paralympics have also been moved to next year, taking place between August 24, 2021 and September 5, 2021.

What have the IOC said?

IN a statement released after the announcement of the postponement, saying the Games will be rescheduled.

The IOC said: "In the present circumstances and based on the information provided by the WHO today, the IOC President and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community.

"The leaders agreed that the Olympic Games in Tokyo could stand as a beacon of hope to the world during these troubled times and that the Olympic flame could become the light at the end of the tunnel in which the world finds itself at present. Therefore, it was agreed that the Olympic flame will stay in Japan. It was also agreed that the Games will keep the name Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020."

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