Tokyo Olympics Officially Postponed Until 2021By IOC

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Due to COVID 19, people are a lot concerned for Tokyo Olympics 2020.

International Olympic Committee has given an update on this issue.

Tokyo Olympics Postponed

According to the schedule, this event was supposed to be held in summer.

But with the shutdown of all the events around the world, committees needed to think about this situation.

With the recent update, in conjunction with Japan, they have decided to hold on to this event.

Due to this fact, various countries, including Canada, have refused to send their athletes to this event, and surely it was a good decision.

Undoubtedly, there are lots of unanswered questions regarding the event’s details.

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For now, IOC has decided to reschedule this event, and it might be held later than the summer of 2021. All this is for the safety of the athletes.

Due to coronavirus, the whole world is in isolation.

Pressure mounted to postpone

There have been various Olympics, like 1916, 940, which were canceled because of war, but none of them got canceled all of a sudden than Olympic 2020 due to the virus.

There are around 375,000 cases that have been reported, and the numbers are growing continuously.

But according to the latest statement, the 2020 Olympics will be called 2020 even if it will be held in 2021.

Canada stands in unity with the international sport community and especially the people of Japan.

The Government of Canada is hoping for the best to be part of the games in Japan in the future.

Tokyo is the top-class city and is known for hosting several sports events worldwide," said Canadian heritage minister Steven Guilbeault.

On Sunday, Bach said the decision to postpone this game would be made in the next 4 weeks.

Bach said he has decided on the dates for the 2020 Olympics in talks with Abe.

One deciding option is July 23-Aug.

He added the date is a question for the Tokyo organizing committee and an IOC panel supervising the preparations.

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Tokyo Olympics Officially Postponed Until 2021By IOC - President Statement

The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, and the Prime Minister of Japan, Abe Shinzo, held a conference call this morning to discuss the constantly changing environment with regard to COVID-19 and the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

President Bach and Prime Minister Abe expressed their shared concern about the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, and what it is doing to people’s lives and the significant impact it is having on global athletes’ preparations for the Games.

In a very friendly and constructive meeting, the two leaders praised the work of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and noted the great progress being made in Japan to fight against COVID-19.

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One of the reasons why the IOC took longer to put forward the decision is because it wanted to figure out all logistics. Undoubtedly it would be a tough challenge.

Many of the arenas, stadiums, and hotels, all are under contract for games held from July 24-August 7.

Re-creating those arrangements is achievable, but will come at a high cost.

Tokyo has spent a reported $28 billion in the US to stage the Games.

Olympic committees present in Canada and Australia were saying they either would not or maybe could not, send a team to Tokyo in July.

World Athletics and the three biggest sports in the United States — swimming, track, and gymnastics — were calling for a postponement.

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