2020 Olympics Postponed!
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics have been postponed.
The announcement was made by Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Abe said Japan and the International Olympic Committee came to an agreement during a phone call with the head of the IOC, Thomas Bach, following growing calls for the games to be delayed or cancelled because of the concerns around the coronavirus pandemic.
Abe said that he agreed that the games would not be cancelled and will be held, at the very latest, by the summer of 2021.
“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,” Abe added.
The prime minister said Japan will fulfill its responsibility as the host nation “to prove that humanity has beaten the novel coronavirus.”