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News Navigator: Why will the postponed Olympics still be called 'Tokyo 2020'?

The emblem of the Tokyo Olympic Games is seen at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building in Shinjuku Ward in this file photo. (Mainichi/Kenji Ikai)

The Mainichi Shimbun answers some common questions readers may have about the postponement of the Tokyo Olympic and the Paralympic Games, which will still be called "Tokyo 2020."

Question: Will the Olympics and Paralympics, now postponed for about a year, still be called "Tokyo 2020"?

Answer: Yes. The name of the games will not change, as was confirmed during a March 24 telephone conversation between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach.

Q: Why will the games still be called "Tokyo 2020" if they will likely be held in 2021?

A: Bach approved using the same name for the games, even if held in 2021. Yoshiro Mori, president of the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, also said, "We have no choice but to think that the games have been extended (to 2021), but we don't need to go as far as to changing its impression (by changing the name)."

Q: Why can't it be called "Tokyo 2021"?

A: Torches, medals and various other official merchandise have already been made using the name "Tokyo 2020." If the name changes, it will cause concerns about possible additional costs.

Q: So why are many people using "Tokyo 2021" on social media?

A: It is likely that foreign athletes who are posting comments in support of the postponement decision are using the unofficial name on social media. However, in Japan there was already an event, themed on an urban design for when the Tokyo Games had been completed, held from August to October 2019 using the name "Tokyo 2021." An official at the construction company that hosted that program said, "I never imagined our event would attract attention in such a way."

(Japanese original by Hitoshi Kurasawa, Sports News Department)

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