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IOC starts "Stronger Together" campaign one year to go until postponed Tokyo 2020

2020-07-23 15:03:00 Xinhuanet

LAUSANNE, July 23 (Xinhua) -- The International Olympic Committee (IOC) started its #StrongerTogether campaign on Thursday, which marks the one-year countdown to the postponed Tokyo Olympic Games.

"With only one year to go, a mammoth task still lies ahead of us. I would like to thank our Japanese partners and friends, headed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori and Governor Yuriko Koike, and the athletes, all the Summer Olympic International Federations, the NOCs, TOP Sponsors and Rights-Holding Broadcasters.

"Without their solidarity and support, we could not have taken this historic joint decision to postpone the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. I am deeply impressed and grateful for the extraordinary progress already being made in the preparations since the joint postponement decision," said IOC president Thomas Bach.

The historic postponed Games will be held from July 23 to August 8, 2021, and the Paralympic Games between August 24 and September 5.

"With our Japanese partners and friends, we agree that we have to adapt the planning of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 to the requirements of the global crisis while maintaining the unique spirit and message that defines our mission. We are working to optimize the operations and services without touching on sports and athletes.

"In this way we can, together with the Organizing Committee, turn these postponed Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 into an unprecedented celebration of the unity and solidarity of humankind, making them a symbol of resilience and hope. Showing that we are stronger together."

According to the IOC, Olympic Movement stakeholders will be activating across their digital and social media platforms over the coming days to show their support for all the athletes and Tokyo 2020 as part of the #StrongerTogether campaign. Enditem

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