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It’s official, the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games have been postponed to 2021. The postponement was announced by Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday.
Apparently, the decision was made during a phone call with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach.
Amid pressure from World Athletics, the Canadian, Norwegian and Australian Olympic Committees as well as athletes individually and as part of the Athletics Association, the Games were not going to continue in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic; it was just a matter of time.
“Considering the current situation, in regards to the Tokyo Games, as the host nation, in order to ensure that athletes from all over the world are able to compete in their best condition, and also in order to ensure the utmost safety for the spectators, I have asked him to consider postponing the games by about a year,” Abe added.
After his telephone talks with IOC President Bach, PM Abe spoke to the press and explained that the two have agreed that the Tokyo Olympic Games would not be cancelled, and the games will be held by the summer of 2021. pic.twitter.com/ihe8To2g3R
— PM’s Office of Japan (@JPN_PMO) March 24, 2020