The Tokyo Olympics has been postponed until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The decision was finally agreed after talks between Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, and the International Olympic Committee president, Thomas Bach.
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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
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Shinzo Abe speaking to the media after the talks said, “We agreed that a postponement would be the best way to ensure that the athletes are in peak condition when they compete and to guarantee the safety of the spectators”.
The IOC and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee also released a joint statement to confirm the postponed of this summer’s Tokyo Olympics.
“The IOC president and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Games … 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,” said a statement from the IOC and Tokyo 2020 organizing committee.
“The leaders agreed that the Olympic Games in Tokyo could stand as a beacon of hope to the world during these troubled times and that the Olympic flame could become the light at the end of the tunnel in which the world finds itself at present.
“Therefore, it was agreed that the Olympic flame will stay in Japan.”
The postponement of the Olympics makes the Olympics the 3rd tournament or competition scheduled earlier to take place in the summer that has been postponed to summer 2021 due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The Copa America and the European cup was also postponed to next year.