The Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics were supposed to start this week. Here’s what’s happening instead

The Coronavirus Pandemic has wreaked havoc all around the world, with countries having to cancel various important events. Similarly, Tokyo, who was supposed to host the Olympics this year, has fallen prey to the pandemic. They have fortunately not taken the drastic measure of outright canceling the Olympics but have postponed it to 2021.

Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympics Committee announced in a statement that the competition schedule and venues for the 2021 Olympics have been confirmed. It includes 43 competition venues, the Broadcast Centre, the Main Press Centre, and the Olympic Village.

“Athletes from all around the world will live together under one roof in the Olympic Village, sharing meals together, celebrating together, discussing together and forming these unique Olympic communities,” Bach said in the statement.

Although the venue and schedules have already been confirmed, there is still a lot left to accomplish. They will have to take extra measures while organizing as they will have to adhere to the various requirements of the global crisis.

Bach said, “With our Japanese partners and friends, we agree that we have to adapt the planning of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 to the requirements of the global crisis, while maintaining the unique spirit and message that defines our mission.”