The Olympic Games were originally scheduled to start in July this year [Yukihito Taguchi/USA Today Sports]

The Tokyo Olympic Games will take place from July 23 to August 8, 2021, after they were postponed last week by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Japanese organisers because of the coronavirus pandemic.

This year’s Games were scheduled to run from July 24 until August 9.

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“The schedule for the Games is key to preparing for the Games,” Tokyo organising committee president, Yoshiro Mori, said.

Mori said a Spring Olympics was considered but holding it later gives more space to complete the many qualifying events that have been postponed by the virus outbreak.

“We wanted to have more room for the athletes to qualify,” Mori

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