IOC Targeting July-August 2021 For Rescheduled Olympics

Japanese newspaper Yomiuri reports that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is working to set up the postponed Tokyo Olympics for July and August of 2021.

Reuters news service reports that the IOC is hoping to finalize the dates within the next month. That report says the Olympics “would have to be held between the tennis Grand Slams of Wimbledon, slated to end in mid-July, and the U.S. Open, which starts in late August.”

The other two major events Reuters mentions are the world championships events for both swimming and athletics. Swimming was set to take place from July 16-August 1, while athletics is set for August 6-15. While FINA (the world’s governing body for aquatics) has said it is exploring the flexibility of those dates, FINA Executive Director Cornel Marculescu adamantly ruled out the possibility of pushing the World Championships to 2022.

Reuters reports that the athletics (track & field) federation has said its World Championships could be moved to 2022 if necessary.

Olympic organizers launched the Tokyo 2020 New Launch Task Force this week with a meeting about the unprecedented possibility of pushing the Olympic Games one year down the road.

The 2020 Olympics were originally scheduled for July 24 – August 9, 2020. That would mean the current target is to push the Games about a year down the road. Those new dates could conflict with 2021 FINA worlds (July 16-August 1), but likely wouldn’t conflict with the 2021 World University Games (currently scheduled for August 16-27, 2021 in Chengdu, China).

Leave a Reply

2 Comment threads
10 Thread replies
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
10 Comment authors
newest oldest most voted

Not sure I’m running to China to compete in the World University Games anytime soon…. #Risky. #JustSaying


China’s actually got the virus under control, if you’re referring to that. The US case numbers are growing at the fastest pace in the world. I’d check your assumptions if I were you


And u probably believe in the tooth fairy too


The US will surpass their numbers any day now so this will not age.

Participant Ribbon

If you take the numbers that are being reported from China at face value. Country has 1.4 billion people yet 80K cases reported and has flat lined for several weeks now? Run the math on that, pretty impressive if it’s true.


Well they locked the country down


Or the communication…which is more likely considering g the country?


So the Athletics guy is smarter than the FINA guy…

I don’t know that I’d necessarily say “smarter.” The organizations have different things to consider, different structures to their sports, different contracts, and different stakeholders.


True… but in these times, I think that most of those are ”out the door” kinda… contracts and structures can be played wiith… IF the involved parties are willing to be fair and smart about it…


If they’re working in good faith is what I was looking for word-wise!**


True. These are actually different events. IAAF event is pretty much a single venue (marathon and race walking are exceptions) and the FINA WCs are really multi-sport festivals with water polo, diving, artistic (synchro), and high diving to consider along with swimming and open water. Also FINA has MAsters Worlds scheduled to follow shortly after in the same venues. The Aquatics Championships are much more complicated.

About Jared Anderson

Jared Anderson

Jared Anderson swam for nearly twenty years. Then, Jared Anderson stopped swimming and started writing about swimming. He's not sick of swimming yet. Swimming might be sick of him, though. Jared was a YMCA and high school swimmer in northern Minnesota, and spent his college years swimming breaststroke and occasionally pretending …

Read More »

Want to take your swimfandom to the next level?

Subscribe to SwimSwam Magazine!