08/02 22:20 CDT Tokyo Paralympic competition schedule will be same next year
Tokyo Paralympic competition schedule will be same next year
By STEPHEN WADE
AP Sports Writer
TOKYO (AP) --- The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic schedule remains essentially unchanged
for the event that has been postponed until next year, organizers said on
Tokyo organizers made a similar announcement several weeks ago for the
The Paralympics open on Aug. 24, 2021, and close on Sept. 5. The Olympics are
to open on July 23.
Organizers have lined up the same 43 venues that would have been used this year
for the Olympics and Paralympics. The massive Athletes Village and the media
center have also been secured.
"There are no major changes to the schedule," Hide Nakamura, the games delivery
officer, said. "Having the schedule being fixed is a big step for athletes."
Local organizers and the International Olympic Committee have offered few
details about how these two massive events can be held in the midst of a
pandemic, or even the wake of a pandemic. They say they are trying to prepare
for many scenarios that could include quarantines, limited fans, and massive
cuts in staffing.
Some medical experts have said the Olympics and Paralympics cannot be held
safely unless there is a vaccine. Others have said quarantines could be enough
to safeguard Japan from athletes coming in from more than 200 countries and
The Olympics involve 11,000 athletes and 4,400 are scheduled for the
Paralympics. In addition, tens of thousands of games officials, media, and
hospitality providers work behind the scenes. About 4.5 million tickets have
already been sold for the Olympics.
The Paralympics involve 539 events and 22 sports.
Japan has attributed just over 1,000 deaths to COVID-19, modest numbers by
However, Tokyo has seen its new cases rise steadily in the last several weeks.
Tokyo Governor Yurkio Koike and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have resisted calling
for a state of emergency, but bars and restaurants in Tokyo have been told to
Organizers have given no cost estimate for the delay, although media in Japan
have put it at $2 billion to $6 billion. Most of the costs are to be picked up
by Japanese governments. The International Olympic Committee has said it will
chip in $650 million.
The costs of delay come on top of $12.6 billion that Tokyo says it is
officially spending to prepare. A government audit has said the costs are twice
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