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August 3, 2020, 07.19 PM

TOKYO, – The new schedule for the Tokyo 2020 Games was revealed on Monday and features only minor modifications to the original calendar to the event.

The Tokyo 2020 Games had to be postponed due to the widespread coronavirus pandemic.

As part of the event postponement, the Paralympics have a new schedule that will run from Aug. 24 until Sept. 5, 2021.

The programme will feature 539 events across 22 sports, with modifications made only to start and finish times for some events, Tokyo 2020 said at a press conference.

"Having the schedule fixed is a big step for athletes. We would like to continue our work to create a safe and secure Games," Tokyo 2020 Games delivery officer Hidemasa Nakamura told reporters.

The postponement of the Games has created a massive headache for organisers, as they navigate everything from securing venues to devising coronavirus countermeasures.

So far specific measures to prevent infection have not been announced, with decisions expected sometime this autumn.

For the Paralympics in particular, officials said they are mindful that they must cater to the needs of individual athletes and spectators with a range of different health and physical requirements.

Tokyo organisers said they are also working with the International Paralympic Committee to assess how the coronavirus pandemic has affected athletes in various countries.

Japanese Paralympian and taekwondo fighter Mitsuya Tanaka told reporters at the briefing that the pandemic has deeply affected athletes.


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