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Tokyo Olympics to begin on July 23 2021, says Mori

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Published on March 30, 2020 - Duration: 02:15s

Tokyo Olympics to begin on July 23 2021, says Mori

The Tokyo Olympics are going to start on Friday, July 23, 2021, says Yoshiro Mori, the President of Tokyo 2020.

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Tokyo Olympics to begin on July 23 2021, says Mori

SHOWS: TOKYO, JAPAN (MARCH 30, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

TOKYO 2020 PRESIDENT YOSHIRO MORI AND CEO TOSHIRO MUTO ARRIVING FOR NEWS CONFERENCE WEARING MASKS 2.

MORI BOWING AND SITTING DOWN 3.

VARIOUS OF MORI TAKING MASK OFF 4.

NEWS CONFERENCE UNDERWAY 5.

(SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) TOKYO 2020 PRESIDENT, YOSHIRO MORI, SAYING: "Based on this, I proposed to have the Games in the summer of next year and this was agreed." 6.

NEWS CONFERENCE UNDERWAY 7.

(SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) TOKYO 2020 PRESIDENT, YOSHIRO MORI, SAYING: "The schedule for the Tokyo 2020 Games - The Olympics are going to start on Friday, July 23, 2021 until Sunday August 8.

The Paralympics are going to star on August 24, Tuesday, and end on Sunday September 5.

These are the new dates." 8.

MORI AND TOKYO 2020 SPOKESMAN MASA TAKAYA DURING NEWS CONFERENCE 9.

STICKERS OF MASCOTS ON TAKAYA'S LAPTOP 10.

(SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) TOKYO 2020 PRESIDENT, YOSHIRO MORI, SAYING: "The IOC has had an extraordinary session of the Executive Board and these dates have been approved by the IOC Executive Board." 11.

NEWS CONFERENCE UNDERWAY 12.

(SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) TOKYO 2020 PRESIDENT, YOSHIRO MORI, SAYING: "This is a prayer that we have and I believe that someone is going to listen to our prayers.

We have decided that we are going to do it next summer and this is what we are going to do." 13.

NEWS CONFERENCE ENDING 14.

MORI PUTTING ON MASK AND WALKING AWAY STORY: The postponed Olympic Games will now begin on July 23 next year and run until Aug.

8, the head of the Tokyo 2020 organising committee said on Monday (March 30), as the coronavirus pandemic made it impossible to plan for them properly this year.

The Games were postponed last week and the delay is the first in the 124-year history of the modern Olympics.

The postponement represents a huge blow for Japan, which invested $13 billion in the run-up to the event, and raised $3 billion from domestic sponsors.

Yoshiro Mori, the head of the Tokyo 2020 organising committee, confirmed the new dates after he made the decision with the International Olympic Committee.

Mori said the Paralympic Games would run from Aug.

24-Sep.

5.

(Production: Jack Tarrant)

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