By USATT Director of Communications - Chad Knasinski | March 30, 2020, 7:16 p.m. (ET)


After one year of the postponement of the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, the International Olympic Committee has announced that the Olympic Games will be rescheduled for July 23-Aug 8, 2021 and the Paralympic Games to follow Aug 24-Sept 21, 2021. 

This comes on the heels of the announcement from the committee on March 24th, 2020 to delay the Tokyo Games due to the global epidemic coronavirus (COVID-19).  This decision was made by the IOC, IPC, Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, Tokyo metropolitan government and government of Japan, and supported by the International Summer Olympic Sport Federations and National Olympic Committees. The three main principles outlined behind the new dates are the maximum time possible to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, safeguarding the interests of the athletes and Olympic sport, and coinciding with the international sports calendar as best as possible.

Seventy-six athletes have already qualified for the 2020 Olympic Team including the USA Table Tennis 2020 Olympic Team that qualified for the games in February.  The IOC confirmed Tuesday that “all athletes already qualified and quota places already assigned for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will remain unchanged,” which protects at least those 14 athletes and the several hundred quota spots the U.S. had already earned across all sports. The IPC also confirmed that Paralympic athletes already qualified will remain qualified, which includes USA Table Tennis player Tahl Leibovitz. 

The IOC also has confirmed that these will remain the Games of the XXXII Olympiad and thus continue to have the moniker Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, despite the new host year.