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Coronavirus: Tokyo Olympic Now To Hold in  2021

Coronavirus: Tokyo Olympic Now To Hold in 2021

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games have been postponed by one year due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe held a crucial conference call with Olympics chief Thomas Bach on Tuesday to formally decide a plan and they have chosen to postpone for 12 months.

The Games must now be rescheduled after 2020 but they will take place no later than the summer of 2021, it has been revealed. Abe said afterwards: ‘I proposed to postpone for about a year and [IOC] president Thomas Bach responded with 100% agreement’.

He added: ‘This will make it possible for athletes to play in the best condition, and will make the event a safe and secure one for spectators.’

The decision also means the Tokyo Paralympic Games will be subject to a one-year delay.

International Paralympic Committee president Andrew Parsons said the postponement was ‘the only logical option’. Sport is not the most important thing right now, preserving human life is. It is essential, therefore, that all steps are taken to try to limit the spread of this disease.

‘By taking this decision now, everyone involved in the Paralympic movement, including all Para-athletes, can fully focus on their own health and wellbeing and staying safe during this unprecedented and difficult time.’

Despite the delay, the name of the delayed Games will still be Tokyo 2020, the city’s governor Yuriko Koike revealed.

A joint statement from the IOC and Tokyo 2020 organising committee read: ‘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 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.

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