JAPAN: Tokyo Olympics 2020 has been postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic. Prime Minister’s Office of Japan announced that Japan PM Shinzo Abe had a telephonic conversation with IOC President Thomas Bach wherein the two agreed that the Games would not be cancelled.
“The Games will be held by the summer of 2021,” Prime Minister’s Office of Japan tweeted.
in which the spectators can have peace of mind, I asked as the host nation Japan that the IOC consider an option centered around delaying the Games for roughly a year.— PM’s Office of Japan (@JPN_PMO) March 24, 2020
in order to hold the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in a complete form, as proof that humankind has defeated the novel coronavirus disease (#COVID19). Japan intends to fully carry out its responsibilities as the host nation.— PM’s Office of Japan (@JPN_PMO) March 24, 2020
The postponed Olympics will retain the name “Tokyo 2020” despite being held next year, the city’s governor said today.
Since the birth of the modern Olympics in 1896, the Summer Games have never been postponed before, although they were cancelled in 1916, 1940 and 1944 due to war.
The Summer Olympics attract more than 11,000 athletes from more than 200 countries, and the I.O.C. prides itself on being more than a competition, representing values such as unity and peace, bringing the world together every two years in sports and friendship.
COVID-19 initially broke out in China in December but has quickly spread across Asia, Europe and North America, and other countries.
Many health experts have been concerned that bringing together people from disparate parts of the globe, especially athletes, might ignite an additional outbreak.