Tokyo Paralympic Games schedule will be same next year

The organisers of the Tokyo Paralympic Games announced that the schedule will remain unchanged for the event that has been postponed to 2021.

Paralympic Games

The Paralympic Games will begin on August 24, 2021, and close on September 5.

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games schedule remains essentially unchanged for the event that has been postponed until next year, organisers said on Monday.

The organisers had made a similar announcement several weeks ago for the postponed Olympics.

The Paralympic Games will begin on August 24, 2021, and close on September 5, while the Olympics are to start on July 23.

RELATED| Asian Youth Para Games to be held in Bahrain in December 2021

Organisers have lined up the same 43 venues that would have been used this year for the Olympics and Paralympics. The massive Athletes Village and the media center have also been secured.

“There are no major changes to the schedule,” Hide Nakamura, the games delivery officer, said.

“Having the schedule being fixed is a big step for athletes,” he added.

Local organisers and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has offered few details about how these two massive events can be held in the midst of a pandemic, or even the wake of a pandemic. The IOC says it is trying to prepare for many scenarios that could include quarantines, limited fans, and massive cuts in staffing.

Some medical experts have said the Olympics and Paralympics cannot be held safely unless there is a vaccine. Others have said quarantines could be enough to safeguard Japan from athletes coming in from more than 200 countries and territories.

The Olympics involve 11,000 athletes and 4,400 are scheduled for the Paralympics. In addition, tens of thousands of games officials, media, and hospitality providers work behind the scenes. About 4.5 million tickets have already been sold for the Olympics. The Paralympics involve 539 events and 22 sports.

Japan has attributed just over 1,000 deaths to COVID-19, modest numbers by global standards.

However, Tokyo has seen its new cases rise steadily in the last several weeks. Tokyo Governor Yurkio Koike and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have resisted calling for a state of emergency, but bars and restaurants in Tokyo have been told to close early.

Organisers have given no cost estimate for the delay, although media in Japan have put it at $2 billion to $6 billion. Most of the costs are to be picked up by Japanese governments. The International Olympic Committee has said it will chip in $650 million.

RELATED| Tokyo Olympics: Local sponsors chip in USD 3.3 billion

The costs of delay come on top of $12.6 billion that Tokyo says it is officially spending to prepare. A government audit has said the costs are twice that much.

For more updates, follow Sportstar on :