The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is working with sports activities our bodies to rearrange a July-August window for the postponed Tokyo Olympics in 2021 and hopes to verify the schedule inside a month, Japan’s Yomiuri newspaper reported on Thursday.
John Coates, the IOC’s Coordination Commission chief for Tokyo, informed the Yomiuri the Games must be held between the tennis Grand Slams of Wimbledon, slated to finish in mid-July, and the U.S. Open, which begins in late August.
“We wish to kind of finalise the dates in 4 weeks’ time,” the paper quoted Coates as saying.
Coates, who can be president of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC), mentioned the summer season scheduling can be depending on avoiding clashes with the world championships for swimming (July 16-Aug. 1) and athletics (Aug. 6-15).
World Athletics boss Sebastian Coe has mentioned the world athletics championships in Eugene, Oregon could possibly be moved again to 2022 if needed.
Coates informed the newspaper the hope was to observe the identical preparations subsequent yr that had been deliberate for 2020, together with holding the marathon within the northern metropolis of Sapporo as a substitute of Tokyo to flee the warmth.
The AOC confirmed the Yomiuri report’s veracity and in addition informed Reuters in a press release that Coates had “proffered a view however confirms a spread of choices are on the desk for the IOC”.
The IOC and Japanese authorities succumbed to intense stress from athletes and sporting our bodies world wide on Tuesday, agreeing to push again the Games by as a lot as a yr due to the coronavirus pandemic.
IOC President Thomas Bach mentioned on Wednesday that “all choices” have been on the desk for rescheduling, together with holding the Games earlier than the Japanese summer season.