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‘Major hurdle cleared as venues secured for delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics’

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Srinagar, July 19: In what is said to be a major hurdle cleared for the hosting of now delayed Olympics Games 2020, organisers have claimed that all venues for the games have been secured.

The games that were scheduled to be held this year were rescheduled for 2021 due to Coronavirus pandemic.

Tokyo 2020 reported the progress during an online meeting with the International Olympic Committee, confirming that the delayed Games will use all the venues originally booked for the event.

The 2021 event schedule will also be largely the same as the original, except for small changes made for logistical reasons, said Hidemasa Nakamura, Tokyo 2020 games delivery officer.

“There is still work to be done. But we have arrived at a major milestone,” Nakamura was quoted as saying in a briefing in Tokyo ahead of the IOC meeting.

With the schedule set, athletes can now begin to prepare in earnest for the delayed Games, due to open on July 23, 2021, said Koji Murofushi, Tokyo 2020 sports director.

“Now athletes aiming to take part in the Tokyo Olympics can set concrete goals to work toward,” he said. (Agencies)