There are strong indications the official dates for the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, now billed to take place next year, will be announced before the end of April 2020.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) told countries during a conference call Friday that a decision on when the postponed Olympic Games would be held will be made within the next three weeks.
The IOC had told international federations a day earlier they were working towards announcing definite dates for the Tokyo Games before the end of April.
Already, it has been agreed that the Tokyo Games will not be postponed later than the summer of 2021 after a shift was necessitated by the international concern over the coronavirus pandemic.
Now, the timing of the Games is the most pressing issue for a task force established by the IOC and Tokyo 2020 to navigate the complicated challenges stemming from the postponement.
Confirming the exact dates for the first Olympic Games to be postponed in history will also pave the way for other key areas to be addressed, including venues and qualification.
IOC President Thomas Bach admitted earlier this week that there are “thousands” of questions following the decision to delay the Games, none of which can be answered until the new dates are set.
On his part, IOC member John Coates, head of the Coordination Commission for Tokyo 2020, suggested the organisation is working with Federations to potentially find a window in July and August next year.