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Coronavirus: Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics face ‘special situation’ after Tokyo delay

BEIJING (AFP) – Beijing 2022 organisers said they face "a special situation" after the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics means that there are less than six months between the Summer and Winter Games.

The Tokyo Olympics are now scheduled to run from July 23 to Aug 8, 2021, after they were put back a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

However, with the Beijing Winter Games beginning on Feb 4, 2022, there is the unusual challenge of almost back-to-back Olympics.

"The new dates of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games mean we are faced with a special situation where the Summer Games and Winter Games are to be held in half-a-year," a Beijing 2022 official told Xinhua news agency.

"We will have a detailed assessment of how the new dates of Tokyo 2020 will affect the Beijing 2022 Games.

"In the meantime, will keep close communication with the IOC (International Olympic Committee) and the Olympic family to handle the situation properly aRead More – Source