Official Announcement – Tokyo Olympics Is Postponed to 2021
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Official Announcement – Tokyo Olympics Is Postponed to 2021

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics is postponed for a year due to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced its official decision that the Tokyo Olympics is postponed. The games, which were to start on July 24, will now start “before the summer of 2021.”

Prior to this, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said, “I suggested postponing the Olympic Games for one year to President Thomas Bach” of the IOC.

The Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games will commence in 2021. However, the official name of the games will still be the ‘2020 Tokyo Olympics’ according to the IOC.

Olympics Boycott the UK

Prior to this decision, British Olympic Committee’s Hugh Robertson gave an interview with Sky Sports News according to BBC. He said, “Canada and Australia will also join the decision to drop out of this summer’s games.” (Read more about Olympics Boycott prior to final decision)

By March 22, 5,683 confirmed cases and 281 deaths occurred in the UK. The British government has called for “social distancing” to the public, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson is planning stricter measures.

“If the virus continues as predicted by the government, I don’t think there is any way we can send a team,” Robertson said. He added that there’s no way the athletes and Team GB to be ready by then.

Canada is the first country to withdraw from the Olympics

On March 22, Canada became the first country to withdraw from the 2020 Summer Olympics. The first paragraph of press release published by the Canadian Olympic Committee reads as follows.

“The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC), backed by their Athletes’ Commissions, National Sports Organizations and the Government of Canada, have made the difficult decision to not send Canadian teams to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in the summer of 2020.”

According to the statement, the COC and CPC had made urgent calls to the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee and the World Health Organization to postpone the Olympics.

On March 23, the chairman of the Australian Olympic Committee chimed in, saying, “It is clear that the Olympics [won’t be] held in July … Our athletes have been positive in their training and preparation, but uncertainty and stress are very difficult for them.”

The games were to start on July 24 and end on August 9. The cancellation of the games was never on the agenda. But hosting the games in a reduced scale has been a possibility. Prime Minister Abe said on March 23 that if they can’t host the Games appropriately, they can’t avoid postponing it.

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