After weeks of uncertainty over its future amid the global coronavirus pandemic, Japan and the Olympics movement decided on Tuesday to delay this year’s Tokyo Games until the summer of 2021
The news comes after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and IOC President Thomas Bach held a telephone conference at 11:00am GMT on Tuesday, where it was agreed that the best route forward was to postpone the Games. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the July 24-Aug. 9 event would be rescheduled for the summer of 2021 at the latest as proof of victory over the coronavirus.
Abe confirmed to reporters in a media briefing after the call, saying “We asked President Bach to consider postponement of about one year to make it possible for athletes to play in the best condition, and to make the event a safe and secure one for spectators.”
“President Bach said he is in agreement 100 percent,” he added.
It was the first time in the Olympics’ 124-year history that they had been postponed, though they were canceled outright several times during the two 20th century World Wars.