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Japan and the International Olympic Committee decided to postpone the Summer Games of 2020 by one year

 

 

Hosts Japan and the International Olympic Committee decided on Monday to postpone the Summer Games of 2020 by one year in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. Tokyo Olympics are now postponed to 2021 summers.

IOC President Thomas Bach had insisted that there shall be no delay in the biggest sporting event in the world. But Japan’s Prime Minister’s official Twitter handle posted, “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.”

A statement released by IOC said, “In the present circumstances and based on the information provided by the WHO today, the IOC President and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community.

The announcement is yet to be officially made. Olympics was the last imminent major sporting event left standing as most of the sporting world went into lockdown.

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