The Tokyo 2020 Olympics organising committee announced during a press conference in Tokyo, Wednesday, the new creative team responsible for revamping the opening and closing ceremonies of next year’s Games. Tokyo 2020 officials said that the team is now running on a tight schedule to redesign plans for the ceremonies. »Regarding the production plan for the opening and closing ceremonies, we have been reviewing and restructuring on a zero basis from the perspective of changes in social conditions and simplification due to the corona pandemic. We came to the conclusion that a new system needs to be built in order to proceed with preparations more quickly and efficiently within a limited time,» Toshiro Muto, the Tokyo 2020 CEO, told the press. ‘We would like to take the Japanese traditions and such things simply, and on top of that, I also felt that it was a chance to make a big change here, like the image of the ceremony, which has become bigger and bigger,» Hiroshi Sasaki, the head of the new creative team, said, adding that he is planning a ‘surprise.’ The Olympic Summer Games of 2020 were postponed by a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, and are now set to happen between July 23 and August 8, 2021.