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International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach hopes shifting the Tokyo Games to next summer can see it become a triumphant celebration of humanity after the coronavirus pandemic has passed. Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach hopes shifting the Tokyo Games to next summer can see it become a triumphant celebration of humanity after the coronavirus pandemic has passed. Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

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International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach hopes shifting the Tokyo Games to next summer can see it become a triumphant celebration of humanity after the coronavirus pandemic has passed. Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

The possibility of the postponed Tokyo Olympics being rescheduled for the spring of 2021 has been mooted by International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach.

In a conference call, he said the games would 'not be restricted to the summer months' but warned that 'sacrifices and compromises' would be needed to be made by those involved in rescheduling the Games.

He admitted the cancellation had been on the table but it was "very clear that this should not be something that the IOC would in any way favour".

It was announced Tuesday that the games would be rescheduled for Tokyo, not later that the summer of 2021. Bach stressed that all options were on the table as regards a new date.

A task-force to be known as 'Here We Go' has been established to undertake the mammoth task of re-scheduling the games for the first time in Olympic history. The IOC President said the decision on the timing of the rearranged games would be made 'as soon as possible'.

Talks will begin tomorrow with the governing bodies of all 33 sports on the Tokyo programme.

"After having consulted with them, we also have to take into account the sporting calendar around the Olympic Games and many many other issues."

Bach described the postponement of the Games as a "huge jigsaw puzzle and every piece has to fit."

"If you take out one piece, the whole puzzle is destroyed," he added.

"The games have never been postponed before, but we are nevertheless confident we can put a beautiful jigsaw puzzle and we can have a wonderful Olympic Games."

Bach insisted he had no regrets over how the crisis was handled and claimed a rising number of cases in Africa had forced the IOC and Japanese officials into action.

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