(Tokyo, Japan) The International Paralympic Committee announced Monday that the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games have been rescheduled to take place from August 24 to September 5, 2021.
The dates were confirmed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the IPC.
The IPC also confirmed that all those who had previously qualified for Tokyo 2020 remain qualified for the Games in 2021. Both the Canadian Men’s and Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball Teams have already qualified for Tokyo.
Marc-André Fabien, President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee thanked the IOC, IPC and Tokyo 2020 in a statement for their swift decision to provide a clear path forward on the road toward the Games.
“On behalf of the Canadian Paralympic Committee, thank you to the IOC, IPC and Tokyo 2020 for rapidly making a decision on the new dates for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2021,” said Fabien. “We recognize the vast amount of work that lays ahead to bring a postponed Games to life and greatly appreciate all of their efforts. We commit to doing our part to make the Games a success.
“This now gives our entire sport community a true sense of clarity and a way to move forward. Now we, alongside our national sport organizations, partners, and athletes, can start preparations knowing we all will unite in Tokyo next summer, one year on from planned, and be able to celebrate how sport brings people together.”
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will now take place from July 23 to August 8, 2021.