This measure aims to safeguard the health of the athletes and the international community.
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach agreed Tuesday to postpone the Olympic games until the summer of 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
"Based on the information provided by the World Health Organization, the IOC President and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021," the IOC said.
This measure aims to "safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community."
On March 22, the IOC gave four weeks to decide whether the games were to be delayed or not. However, it did not take three days from that announcement for the parties to postpone the event due to pressure exerted by athletes, sports federations and national organizations.
Waited 8 years for this, what’s another 1 in the grand scheme of things? �������� As an athlete, it’s heartbreaking news about the olympics being postponed until 2021, but it’s for all the right reasons and the safety of everyone! Hope everyone keeps safe and stay indoors x pic.twitter.com/z0JlgV2efI