Tokyo Olympics rescheduled for 2021

The Tokyo Olympics will open next year in the same time slot scheduled for this year’s Games.

Tokyo organizers said Monday the opening ceremony will take place on July 23, 2021 — almost exactly one year after the games were due to start.

Last week, the International Olympic Committee and Japanese organizers postponed the Olympics and Paralympics until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

This year’s Games were scheduled to open on July 24 and close on Aug. 9. But the nearly exact one-year delay will see the rescheduled closing ceremony on Aug. 8. The Paralympics will run Aug. 24-Sept. 5.


Impact of the postponement of Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today decided to launch a review of the schedule of the IOC Athletes’ Commission (AC) election in light of the postponement of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, with a view to holding the election in 2021 during the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Measures will also be considered in order to ensure the work of the IOC Athletes’ Commission can continue smoothly until the Games.

During his closing press conference, IOC President Thomas Bach said: “The EB was of the unanimous opinion that, at this critical time, we need full representation of the athletes within the Commission. The athletes’ voice at this moment is extremely important, and we should not have any vacancies.”

Today’s considerations will form part of a set of recommendations that is being prepared to address the impact of the modified timeline of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on the election procedures with the aim of ensuring continuity and avoiding any disruption to the IOC AC’s work, which is and will remain essential. The recommendations will also address the situation of the Beijing 2022 election, which will also be impacted by the postponement of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. After review by the AC, these recommendations will be submitted to the IOC EB in June 2020 and ultimately to the IOC Session in July 2020.


World Taekwondo improves position in ASOIF’s IF Governance Review

World Taekwondo’s ongoing process of governance improvement has been recognized with ASOIF’s third Review of International Federation Governance revealing that the federation has been moved up to the second highest grouping, A2.

The upgraded position from the last ASOIF review in 2018, comes after World Taekwondo addressed many of the areas previously identified by ASOIF for improvement. Over the course of the three governance reviews, World Taekwondo has improved significantly across all five evaluation sections. (read more…)


The World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships Cancelled

The World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships originally scheduled to be held in Herning on May 21-24 has been canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak that recently has been a serious issue in the world.  Please find the letter from WT President Chungwon Choue regarding the cancellation of the World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships. (read more…)