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The Tokyo Olympics will open next year in the same time slot scheduled for this year's Games.

Tokyo organizers said Monday the opening ceremony will take place on July 23, 2021, almost exactly one year after the Games were due to start.

"The schedule for the Games is key to preparing for the Games," Tokyo organizing committee president Yoshiro Mori said. "This will only accelerate our progress."

Last week, the IOC and Japanese organizers postponed the Olympics until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

This year's games were scheduled to open July 24 and close Aug. 9. But the near exact one-year delay will see the rescheduled closing ceremony Aug. 8.

There had been talk of switching the Olympics to spring, a move that would coincide with the blooming of Japan's famous cherry blossoms. But it would also clash with European soccer and North American sports leagues.

Mori said a spring Olympics was considered but holding the games later gives more space to complete the many qualifying events that have been postponed by the virus outbreak.

"We wanted to have more room for the athletes to qualify," Mori said.

After holding out for weeks, local organizers and the IOC last week postponed the Tokyo Games under pressure from athletes, national Olympic bodies and sports federations. It's the first postponement in Olympic history, though there were several cancellations during wartime.

The Paralympics were rescheduled to Aug. 24-Sept. 5.

Wimbledon expected to be canceled

Wimbledon officials are expected to announce later this week that the grass-court classic will not be held this summer, becoming the sporting world's latest high-profile casualty of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Citing a German Tennis Federation vice president, Sky Sports Germany reported Monday morning that officials of All England Lawn Tennis Club, which hosts the two-week Grand Slam event, have decided against the limited options available for safely staging the tournament, which included contesting it without spectators.

• Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart says he has been cleared by medical officials after testing positive for the new coronavirus earlier this month.

around the horn

NBA: ESPN will air NBA doubleheaders on Wednesday nights during April showcasing key NBA Finals games.

Baseball: Red Sox ace Chris Sale had Tommy John surgery on his left elbow Monday, his 31st birthday, waiting 11 days after doctors said he needed the operation because of difficulty in scheduling during the coronavirus pandemic.

College wrestling: Spencer Lee of Iowa was voted the winner of the Dan Hodge Trophy as the most dominant college wrestler in the nation.

College basketball: Michigan forward Isaiah Livers, Mississippi State forward Reggie Perry and Arizona State junior point guard Remy Martin have declared for the NBA draft. … A woman who said she was sexually assaulted by suspended Michigan State sophomore guard Brock Washington is asking the Michigan attorney general's office to investigate.

NFL: The Packers are keeping running back/return specialist Tyler Ervin.

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