The Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games 2020 have been postponed due to the Covid – 19 pandemic. The event which was originally set to 24th July, has now been rescheduled to take place no later than Summer 2021.
Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, stated, “I proposed to postpone for a year and president Thomas Bach responded with 100% agreement. The unprecedented and unpredicatable spread of the outbreak has seen the situation in the rest of the world deteriorating”.
This is the latest major sporting event to be postponed because of coronavirus, following Euro 2020, London Marathon and the French Open tennis.
The Olympics have never been delayed in their 124-year modern history, although they were cancelled during the two world wars.
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