Tokyo Olympics 2020 postponed because of COVID-19.
Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan, announced that the Tokyo Olympics 2020 will be postponed.
The Prime Minister of Japan said:
“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.”
Over a phone call, the International Olympic Committee and the Prime Minister of Japan reached an agreement that the Tokyo Olympics 2020 will be delayed or canceled because of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Prime Minister of Japan discussed the issue over the call, with Thomas Bach, the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
After the call, the Prime Minister of Japan informed reporters that it was agreed that the Tokyo Olympics 2020 will not be canceled and they will be held by the summer of 2021, at the very latest.
Thomas Bach, the President of the IOC, said he understood why the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics 2020 will have to be cancelled, if they cannot be held. He stated:
“You cannot forever employ 3,000 to 5,000 people in an organizing committee. You cannot have the athletes being in uncertainty.”
Thomas Bach added:
“You cannot every year change the entire sports schedule worldwide of all the major federations. You cannot have the athletes being in uncertainty. You cannot have so much overlapping with a future Olympic Games, so I have some understanding for this approach by our Japanese partners.”