Tokoyo 2020 Summer Olympics postponed
Japan's Prime Minister & the International Olympic Committee President reached the agreement Tuesday.
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach have agreed to postpone the Summer 2020 Olympic Games until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Abe said after his telephone talks with Bach that he requested a postponement of about one year “taking into consideration the current circumstances” and to secure an environment in which athletes can perform in their best conditions and the sense of safety and security for the audience.
Abe held telephone talks with Bach after the IOC said it would make a decision on the Tokyo Games over the next four weeks.
Following the announcement Monday, Canada became the first country to announce it won’t be sending athletes to this year’s Olympics due to risks associated with the coronavirus pandemic. The Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Paralympic Committee called on organizers to delay the Games for one year.
Abe pushed hard for Tokyo’s selection as the host city during an International Olympic Committee meeting in 2013.