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This means, they are unlikely to be held in the spring as was being speculated with Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics organising committee president Yoshiro Mori confirming the same.
“I want to offer some conclusions by the end of next week after we’ve mulled it over,” Mori said Nippon Television. “The Games are meant to be in summer, so we should be thinking of a time between June and September.”
Another reason is that the later Olympics are held, the more time it will afford IOC to reschedule qualifying events.
“It’s better for preparation time to be kept as long as possible,” Mori said.
IOC has admitted it will be a huge challenge to rearrange and have all the jigsaw puzzle fit together as even one piece take out could destroy their plans.
This is the first time in the rich history of Olympics that they have been postponed in peacetime.
As per NHK, the organisers will keep the Olympic flame in Tokyo after it’s displayed for a month in Fukushima Prefecture.