Tokyo 2020: Olympic chiefs bracing for extra costs in rescheduling

The Olympic Games will now start on 23 July 2021

By recently, numerous nations' Olympic boards, consisting of that of the United States, asked for a post ponement, and also some intimidated to withdraw their professional athletes unless the video games were delayed.

"In a way we could have been in a far worse situation, there are no races leading up to it, athletes can't test themselves".

Vietnamese athletes have also been preparing for the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 31) on their home turf scheduled for November and December next year.

Last week saw the 2020 Games postponed due to the global outbreak of Covid-19 and will now take place from July 23 to August 8, 2021.

"We believe the Summer Games in Tokyo and the Winter Games in Beijing will both be a success", the statement said.

As per the revised schedule announced by the International Olympic Committee, the Tokyo Olympics will now be held from July 23 to August 8, exactly a year after the global sporting event was originally scheduled.

Reigning world and Olympic all-around gymnastics champion Simone Biles said that coping with the mental strain of waiting another year for the Tokyo Olympic Games would take a heavy toll on gymnasts. "A 2021 schedule is ideal enough".

Another factor that led to the decision to postpone the Games was the overlap of three sports with the Olympics - karate, softball and sport climbing - which would have forced competitors to skip the World Games.

When asked by Xinhua, Olympic Games Executive Director Christophe Dubi responded: "We're not going against the Charter". It is what it is and it gives us another year of preparation.

"They're important to keep as part of our program because we think there could be some interesting storylines between Olympic champions now and 2021 that will compete and perhaps defend their titles at the World Games".

According to the IOC, the national committees should not deviate from the initial rules for the conduct of qualifying events. Asked if the Switzerland-based Olympic body would meet some of the extra costs from its own insurance policy or billion-dollar reserve fund, the official line Thursday was that it is too early to say.

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