Under mounting pressure from around the world, organisers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games agree to postpone the event until 2021
Organisers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games announced today that the event would not take place in 2020, the first time since 1944 that the summer games have been cancelled or postponed.
Since Canada became the first team to officially pull out of the 2020 Olympics yesterday due to the coronavirus pandemic plenty of other countries have followed suit, putting pressure on organisers to push the event, due to begin on 24 July 2020, to a later date.
This morning, the president of the International Olympic Committee and the Japanese Prime Minister held a conference call to discuss the 2020 games. It was concluded that, for the safety of athletes and the international community, the Olympics would be “rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021”.
Organisers agreed that the Olympic flame should stay in Japan for the time-being and that the games would keep their ‘Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020’ name and branding.
You can read the full statement here.