The Summer Olympics in Tokyo, postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, will likely open on July 23, 2021, according to people familiar with the matter.
The International Olympic Committee and Japanese organizers bowed to widespread pressure among athletes, sports federations and national Olympic committees and on Tuesday agreed to postpone the Games to 2021 but left the new date in question. The opening ceremony of the Games had been scheduled for July 24.
The I.O.C. said a final decision could come in weeks, but it is now much more likely to be announced earlier, according to the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of guidance issued by the I.O.C. The Japanese state broadcaster NHK on Saturday also reported the July 23, 2021, date as the new target.
The I.O.C. will convene an emergency meeting of its decision-making executive board on Sunday to discuss the decision.
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