Coronavirus: Tokyo 2020 Olympics postponed until 2021


Tokyo 2020 games have been postponed until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Japan’s prime minister and the head of the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday agreed to postpone the tournament by a year in an extraordinary move, unprecedented in peacetime, as the world battles the pandemic. 

“I proposed to postpone for about a year and president Bach responded with 100 percent agreement,” Shinzo Abe told reporters referring to Thomas Bach, head of the IOC. 

The postponement would be a devastating blow for Tokyo city, which had won widespread praise for its organisation, with venues finished well ahead of time and tickets massively oversubscribed. 

Despite boycotts, terrorist attacks and protests that have rocked the games, it has been held every four years since 1948. 

The Olympics would be the highest-profile event affected by the virus that has killed thousands and closed sports competitions worldwide. 

In recent days, the IOC came under increasing pressure to postpone the Games, scheduled to start on July 24, with 1.7 billion people across the planet in lockdown to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. 

Training has become impossible for many athletes and exposes them to the risk of contracting or spreading the disease.  

Competitions and qualifiers have been scrapped, while international travel is severely limited. 

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