Will Ripley
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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) hopes to agree new dates for the Tokyo 2020 Games “as soon as possible” and will speak with its 33 Summer Olympic International Sports Federations on Thursday, IOC President, Thomas Bach, says.

Bach stated the rescheduled dates for the Games would “not be restricted just to the summer months (of 2021). The agreement is that we wanted to organise the Games at the latest in summer 2021 […] This is not just restricted to the summer months. All options are on the table.”

“We of course have to take into account the sports calendar around the Olympic Games and the many, many other issues. We should come to a solution as soon as possible,” Bach said. A joint IOC/Tokyo 2020 Organizers task force will look into new dates for the summer Olympics.

He admitted that he did not envy the “challenging question” that would now face the task force in rescheduling the Games but said he was confident that even without a blueprint, it could be done – Albeit with sacrifices and compromises being made along the way.

“This is like a huge jigsaw puzzle – Every piece has to fit. If you take out one piece, the whole puzzle is destroyed. Everything has to come together […] We have no blueprint but we are confident we can put a beautiful jigsaw puzzle together and have a wonderful Olympic Games.”

Bach admitted that cancellation of the Games was discussed with Japanese organisers however “it was clear from the beginning that cancellation should not be something the IOC would in any way favour” adding that “not a single voice called for cancellation.”

On the question of Olympic sponsors, Bach said the IOC had the full support of its sponsors over postponing the Games and said he would expect their rights to carry over to next year. He also insisted that the voice of athletes had always been taken into consideration.

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