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Tokyo Summer Olympics Postponed To 2021 Due To Coronavirus

March 24, 2020 | Posted by Joseph Lee
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The New York Times reports that this year’s Summer Olympics in Tokyo has been postponed to 2021 due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. The decision was made by the International Olympic Committee and announced by Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The games were scheduled to begin in July but will now happen in the summer of next year.

Athletes, organizers and health officials had been asking for a delay and had accused the IOC of not moving fast enough to adjust to the ongoing crisis. This comes after Canada announced that it was pulling out of the Games on Sunday, and Australia told athletes that they could not train due to the restrictions set up to stop the spread of COVID-19. The US Olympic and Paralympic Committee also started asking for a postponement on Monday.

Abe said that he asked IOC president Thomas Bach for a one-year delay and Bach “agreed 100 percent.” IOC never considered actually cancelling the Games, however. Japan has spent over $10 billion to get ready for the event after beating Madrid and Istanbul in 2013 for the right to host in Tokyo.

While the Olympics avoided postponement after major events like 9/11 and the terrorist attack during the 1972 Munich games, this isn’t the first time this has happened. The Games were outright cancelled in 1916, 1940 and 1944 due to World War I and World War II, respectively.

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