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Tokyo Olympics rescheduled for July 23 - Aug 8 in 2021

BY , Mar 30, 2020 2:29 PM - REPORT AN ERROR

A Japan's flag is raised next to the Olympic flag during the Olympic flame handover ceremony for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, in Athens, Thursday March 19, 2020. (Aris Messinis/Pool via AP)

The Tokyo Olympics will open next year in July, the same slot scheduled for this year's games.

Tokyo organizers say the opening ceremony will take place July 23, 2021.

That is almost exactly one year after the games were due to start this year.

The IOC and Japanese organizers last week postponed the Olympics because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The rescheduled Olympics will start July 23, with the closing ceremony on Aug 8. The Paralympics were rescheduled to Aug 24-Sept 5.

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