2020 Tokyo Olympics postponed, Japan’s Prime Minister Decided together with IOC President
Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, has proposed a one-year postponement for the Tokyo Olympics during talks with IOC president, Thomas Bach.
Crisis talks were held over the phone this morning between Bach and therefore the Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, who formally sought what’s the primary ever postponement within the 124-year history of the competition.
The Olympics have previously only been cancelled completely during times of war – in 1916, 1940 and 1944 – but never suspended or postponed.
PM Abe said they had established that cancelling the Games was out of the question, and that Bach had agreed “100%” that a postponement was the most appropriate response to the global disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
“We agreed that a postponement would be the simplest thanks to make sure that the athletes are in peak condition once they compete and to ensure the security of the spectators,” Abe told reporters shortly after his conversation with Bach, adding that the Games would be held by the summer of 2021.
Abe had said that postponement was unavoidable if the 2020 Games couldn’t be held during a complete manner amid the coronavirus outbreak. Abe held talks with Bach after the IOC said it might make a choice on the Tokyo Games over subsequent four weeks, but a choice is now expected much sooner, possibly within days.
Until just a couple of days ago the IOC, along side the Tokyo organizing committee and therefore the Japanese government, had insisted there have been no plans to delay the Olympics given they were not thanks to open for an additional four months but Japan’s NHK public television reported on Tuesday that Abe wants a one-year delay.
Tokyo 2020’s fate was effectively sealed in the week when Canada and Australia said they might not send athletes to Japan in July, while British and French governments urged the IOC to make a quick decision.
The United States Olympic Committee had last night joined the British Olympic Association, and the Olympic Committees in Germany, Australia, Brazil and Norway in calling for a postponement.