International Olympic Committee (IOC) chief Thomas Bach says the rescheduled Tokyo Games could go ahead before summer 2021 despite facing "thousands" of logistical and financial problems. Though most people have assumed the Games will be held around roughly the same July-August timetable as they were planned for this year, the IOC president says earlier dates in 2021 were possible.
The IOC agreed with Japan on Tuesday to the first postponement in the Olympics' 124-year history due to risks from the coronavirus impact. It was the last major international sporting event of 2020 to be cancelled, with many questioning why a seemingly inevitable decision took so long to make as the coronavirus epidemic raged around the world.
The decision is a huge blow to Japan, which has invested US $12 billion in the run-up, and presents a massive headache to reorganize logistics, funding and sponsorship.