Olympics 2020 set date changed following COVID-19 pandemic

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Tokyo Olympics scheduled in the summer of 2020 have been moved to 2021

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe confirmed plans for a one-year delay, in a conference call with Games chiefs on Tuesday due to the coronavirus crisis.

“If I’m asked whether we can hold the Olympics at this point in time, I would have to say that the world is not in such a situation. I want the Tokyo Games to be held in a complete form where all the countries can attend,”

“If we cannot hold it in a complete way, I think I have no choice but to decide to postpone it,” said Abe.

International Olympics Committee (IOC) member Dick Pound revealed on Monday night a decision has been made to postpone Tokyo 2020.

Reports show that IOC had planned for a four-week deadline to decide on the best course of action, ruling out the Olympics altogether.

This sparked a backlash from athletes risking their health by training for the scheduled July start — and led to Britain, Canada and Australia warning they would not send teams this summer.

Britain then threatened to join Canada and Australia in boycotting the Olympics if they went ahead as scheduled in July despite the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Source: Daily Mail

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