Tokyo Olympics Postponed until 2021 Summer

Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games are to be postponed after a conference call between Thomas Bach, the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan

Medal of the Olympic Games

2020 is the year when Tokyo hosts the Olympic Games, and Japan is one of the countries that attract the most attention from all over the world. Japan and especially its capital have gone ahead with preparations for Tokyo 2020 Olympics, redeveloping the towns, constructing the sports stadiums like Olympic Stadium and other facilities.

However, Tokyo and other counties around the globe are facing the huge problem: the outbreak of the novel coronavirus named Covid-19. The new disease was originally confirmed in Wuhan, China in the end of 2019, and the coronavirus has spread all over the world. There are infected people in the host country of the 2020 Olympic games which will be opened on the 24th July.

People are now wondering if Tokyo Olympics will be held as scheduled. Otherwise, postponed or cancelled? For those who are look forward to the Olympic Games very much or have got tickets for the Games in Tokyo, it is one of the most serious concerns in 2020.

Let’s keep up with the news and updates about the situation of the coronavirus and the statements by IOC (The International Olympic Committee), the Japanese government and other international authorities. There are various news and opinions about the coronavirus and the holding of the Olympic Games, so it is needed to collect information and see what is going on in a level-headed manner.

Here are the updates of the coronavirus especially in Japan, and statements given by IOC and other influential people to figure out if the Tokyo Olympic Games should be held as scheduled from July, 2020.

Will Tokyo Olympics be postponed or cancelled?

Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games are to be postponed after a conference call between Thomas Bach, the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan and other Japanese leaders on the 24th March.

Thomas Bach agreed with the proposition of the prime minister that the Olympic and Paralympic Games should be postponed for about a year, and they concluded that Tokyo Olympics would be held until the summer of 2021.

This is an excerpt from the press of the IOC on April 24th:

In the present circumstances and based on the information provided by the WHO today, 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, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community.

The statements in the past about Tokyo Olympics

The IOC (International Olympic Committee)

The IOC released the press on March 22nd referring to this:

The IOC will, in full coordination and partnership with the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the Japanese authorities and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, start detailed discussions to complete its assessment of the rapid development of the worldwide health situation and its impact on the Olympic Games, including the scenario of postponement. The IOC is confident that it will have finalised these discussions within the next four weeks, and greatly appreciates the solidarity and partnership of the NOCs and IFs in supporting the athletes and adapting Games planning.

Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe

On the 23rd of March, Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe delivered his remarks that Tokyo Olympics should be held in “perfect condition”. However, Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games may be postponed if it is impossible.

U.S. President Donald Trump

On the 12th March, U.S. President Donald Trump suggested to delay the Tokyo Olympics for a year (Source: NHK News Web). And, here is the tweet he posted referring to the convention with the Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games

A member of Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games said it is the best to postpone the Tokyo Olympics one or two years if it cannot be held in this summer on schedule according to the article on The Wall Street Journal on the 11th March.

Coronavirus in Japan

How is the coronavirus in Japan? The coronavirus is spreading around the world since the first infected person was found in China. We have therefore made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic according to the WHO. The number of people infected with the Covid-19 is increasing in Japan so far (as of 13th Match). For detailed situation in Japan, check national governments’ travel advisories for Japan. If you have a plan to travel to Japan this year, check the latest information about the coronavirus.

Let’s see what is going on and something changes with the objective information!

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