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Tokyo Olympic Games Given 2021 Start Date

Japanese organisers and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided on Monday that the Tokyo Olympic Games would start on July 23, 2021, and run until August 8, Kyodo news reported.

The Games were postponed last week due to the deepening coronavirus outbreak.

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Tokyo Olympics To Be Delayed Until 2021, IOC Confirms

Japan and the Olympics movement have decided to delay this year's Tokyo Games into 2021 as the coronavirus crisis obliterated the world's last major imminent sporting event.

The delay is the first in the 124-year history of the modern Olympics and represents a huge blow for Japan, which invested $US13 ($A21.2) billion in the run-up to the event, and raised $US3 ($A4.89) billion from domestic sponsors.

The Olympic Rings are pictured at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters in Lausanne. Image: Getty

Earlier on Monday, the Games' chief executive, Toshiro Muto, said the committee was moving "in the direction" of honouring tickets bought for the 2020 Games at the rescheduled event, or providing refunds in case of scheduling changes,

"We want to honour the hopes of all those who purchased the tickets amid high demand," Muto told a news conference.

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Delay of Tokyo 2020 About 'Saving Lives', But This Isn't The First Time The Games Have Been Disrupted

International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach says the decision to delay the Tokyo Olympics is "about saving lives" and he hasn't discussed the costs.

But it was too early to say what the additional costs of the delay would be, Muto said. The IOC and Japanese government succumbed to intense pressure from athletes and sporting bodies around the world last Tuesday by agreeing to push back the Games because of the coronavirus epidemic.