The Tokyo Olympic Games, originally scheduled for July 24 to August 9, 2020, have been postponed “no later than the summer of 2021” due to the coronavirus pandemic, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced on Tuesday .
“Under the current circumstances and based on information provided today (Tuesday) by the World Health Organization (WHO), the IOC President and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Tokyo Olympics should be reprogrammed after 2020 and at the latest in the summer of 2021, in order to preserve the health of athletes and all those involved in the Olympic Games as well as the international community”, announced the IOC in a press release.
This is the first postponement of the Olympic Games outside of a war period, since the first edition in 1896.
Earlier today, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that he had offered the IOC a one-year postponement of the Olympic Games in Tokyo because of the Covid-19. “I offered to postpone the games for about a year and the IOC president (Thomas Bach) agreed 100%,” Abe told reporters after a conference call with Bach.
Prepared for years to host the largest sporting event on the planet, Japan will have decided to postpone this overwhelmingly.
Japanese authorities and the IOC have long been reluctant to officially consider changing the schedule for the Olympic Games, which was scheduled to take place from July 24 to August 9 in Tokyo. The pressure exerted by athletes and several national and international sports federations, accentuated by the rising curve of contaminations by the new coronavirus, on the other hand pushed the Japanese empire to bow and postpone the Olympic Games.
Covid-19 has killed nearly 17,000 people worldwide since its appearance in December and more than 386,000 cases of infection in 175 countries and territories since the start of the epidemic.