Asian Access Adjusts After Olympics Officials Reschedule 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games

A staff takes out a banner featuring Tokyo 2020 Olympics emblem from the wall after a news conference in Tokyo, Japan June 30, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

[MARCH 30 UPDATE:  The Tokyo Olympic Games will start on July 23, 2021, and the Paralympic Games will take place between August 24 and September 5, 2021.]

Japan (MNN) — The coronavirus dealt another discouraging blow this week. Officials are postponing the Summer Olympic Games to 2021. More details here. The Olympics have been cancelled three times but never postponed.

“Japan as a society is disappointed that we’re having to delay. Likewise, all of us that are doing ministry related to the Olympics have a sense of disappointment. However, we also want the world to be safe,” Joe Handley of Asian Access tells MNN.

“We realize what’s at stake so we’re trying to reach out in a different way to be the hands and feet of Christ in the midst of a crisis.”

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Opportunity disguised as disappointment

The Tokyo Olympics were scheduled to begin on July 24 and conclude August 9, with athletes competing in 33 sports. Although officials haven’t settled on a date yet, the postponed Olympics will still take place in Tokyo under the 2020 banner.

Asian Access began planning for ministry specific to the Tokyo Olympics six years ago. It was to be a highly-anticipated and distinctly-unique Gospel opportunity, Handley described earlier this year.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth


  • Pray Asian Access can weather the financial fallout from COVID-19.
  • Pray leaders can successfully reorganize so they can pick things up once the Olympics are reinstated.