News Desk: The Tokyo Olympics was scheduled to start on July 24. However, the International Olympic Committee and Tokyo Organizing Committee jointly announced the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Games. This decision came on March 24.
The World’s top athletes and supporters would have thronged the venues. But, the stadiums are now empty owing to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has now opened up the stadiums for use by sporting federations and the public.
The newly built Canoe Slalom Centre opened on Monday for athletes to practice. The recently renovated Tatsumi Swimming Centre will also be available for use from mid-August.
The Government said it plans to also open up other Olympic venues in the coming months. However, that could change depending on the COVID-19 situation.
The bill for the Games had come to more than 1.35 trillion yen ($12.6 billion) before the postponement. The International Olympic Committee has estimated the delay will cost it $800 million. Japan has yet to give an estimate on how much the postponement will cost the country.
The new schedule for the Tokyo Olympic Games,2020 is now 23 July to 8 August 2021.
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