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Postponed Tokyo Olympics could be downsized, simplified

The Japanese public is being prepared for the reality of next year's postponed Olympics, where athletes are likely to face quarantines, spectators will be fewer, and the delay will cost taxpayers billions of dollars.

Tokyo Olympics just beginning the race to reset themselves

Organizing committee CEO Toshiro Muto was asked Thursday about progress toward next year's rescheduled Tokyo Games, but preparations seem to be barely out of the starting blocks.

Beijing Olympics, other large events in China, face same uncertainty as Tokyo Games

China — where the COVID-19 outbreak was first detected — will hold three mega-sports events within a year after Tokyo is set to close.

Tokyo Olympics chief acknowledges Games without fans has been discussed

Tokyo Olympic organizing committee CEO Toshiro Muto spoke Thursday about the need to take "countermeasures" to combat the coronavirus at next year's postponed games. But what measures, exactly?

2021 Olympics 'may not be conventional,' Tokyo Games CEO says

Almost two months after the Tokyo Olympics were postponed, organizing committee CEO Toshiro Muto said Friday he still could not give an estimate of how much the one-year delay will cost.
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Tokyo Olympics: Questions, still few answers in face of pandemic

The Tokyo Olympics were postponed a month ago. But there are still more questions than answers about the new opening on July 23, 2021, and what form those Games will take.

Tokyo Olympics unlikely with fans and full participation, says Japanese scientist

A Japanese professor of infectious disease says he is "very pessimistic" the postponed Tokyo Olympics can open in 15 months, noting "Japan might be able to control this disease by next summer ... but I don't think that will happen everywhere."

Tokyo Olympics could cut 'extras' in face of soaring costs

Tokyo Olympic organizers and the IOC said Thursday they will cut some of the extras out of next year's postponed games, an attempt to limit what is expected to be billions of dollars in added expenses.

Tokyo has no 'Plan B' for another Olympic postponement

There is no "Plan B" for the Olympics if they need to be postponed again because of the coronavirus pandemic, Tokyo organizers said Tuesday. Masa Takaya, the spokesman for the Tokyo Olympics, said organizers are proceeding under the assumption the Olympics will open on July 23, 2021. The Paralympics follow on Aug. 24.

Tokyo Olympics CEO hints Games could be in doubt even in 2021

As the coronavirus spreads in Japan, the chief executive of the Tokyo Games said Friday he can't guarantee the postponed Olympics will be staged next year — even with the long delay.

Tokyo Olympics rescheduled for July 23-Aug. 8, 2021

After the first Olympic Games postponement in history — due to the spread of COVID-19 — the International Olympic Committee announced the Tokyo Olympics will take place next year, starting on July 23.

Tokyo Olympic organizers lean away from spring, eyeing summer dates

Tokyo Olympic organizers seem to be leaning away from starting the rescheduled games in the spring of 2021. More and more the signs point toward the summer of 2021.

Organizers begin Herculean task of piecing Tokyo Olympics back together

The Tokyo Olympics need new dates for the opening and closing ceremonies in 2021.

Tokyo Olympics officially postponed to 2021

The International Olympic Committee announced a first-of-its-kind postponement of the Summer Olympics on Tuesday, bowing to the realities of a coronavirus pandemic that is shutting down daily life around the globe and making planning for a massive worldwide gathering in July a virtual impossibility.

Tokyo Olympics seem sure to happen, but not in 2020

The Tokyo Olympics are going to happen — but almost surely in 2021 rather than in four months as planned.