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Race is on to set new date for Tokyo Olympics

THE task force charged with rescheduling the Tokyo Games has been told it faces an ‘unprecedented challenge’.

Just 48 hours after International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe agreed to postpone this summer’s Games due to the coronavirus pandemic, the ‘Here We Go’ task force met for the first time yesterday.

‘We take on an unprecedented challenge,’ Tokyo 2020 organising committee president Yoshiro Mori told the 30-strong group, which will consult sports federations and other government bodies to work out the best time to host the Games.

It has been confirmed the Olympic and Paralympics will not take place in 2020 but Bach has insisted all options up to the summer of 2021 would be considered, leaving open the possibility of a spring Olympics.

Toshiro Muto, chief executive of the organising committee, said: ‘Many things can’t proceed if the new hosting period is not decided quickly.’