After months of “worldwide persuasion” the IOC and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe have lastly agreed to postpone the Olympic Video games till 2021. The IOC has been dealing with elevated criticism for his or her persuasive makes an attempt to host the video games on their standard timetable regardless of the growing COVID-19 epidemic. Nevertheless, over the previous few months, Japan held its floor stating that they may present all the mandatory provisions to make the video games an enormous success.

The announcement got here stating that the occasion will nonetheless be dubbed as Tokyo 2020 regardless of it being pushed additional a 12 months. “The IOC president and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Video games have to be rescheduled to a date past 2020 however not later than summer time 2021, to safeguard the well being of the athletes, everyone concerned within the Olympic Video games and the worldwide neighborhood,” mentioned a press release from the IOC and Tokyo 2020 organizing committee.

“The leaders agreed that the Olympic Video games in Tokyo may stand as a beacon of hope to the world throughout these troubled instances and that the Olympic flame may develop into the sunshine on the finish of the tunnel through which the world finds itself at current.” “Due to this fact, it was agreed that the Olympic flame will keep in Japan.”

That is maybe the primary time that the video games are canceled throughout peacetime. The one time that the video games have been canceled have been 1916, 1940 and 1944 and people have been due to the continued world wars. It appeared that at first, the IOC was contemplating components that would come with modifying the Video games in order that they may nonetheless happen in July as scheduled.

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A format similar to televising the occasions was fully was on the forefront. Nevertheless, the phrases “postponed” didn’t even escape the lips of the officers till late Thursday. Because the information of the Video games suspending hit the information, many athletes praised the committee for his or her decisive actions. Nevertheless, a small portion of the athletes appeared a bit disheartened as they must wait an additional 12 months to symbolize their nation within the greatest sporting occasion on the earth.