The International Olympic Committee and Japan’s prime minister announced Tuesday morning they are postponing Tokyo’s 2020 Summer Olympic Games until sometime next year because of COVID-19.
Thomas Bach, president of the IOC, which is based in Lausanne, Switzerland, and Abe Shinzo, Japan’s prime minister concluded that the game of XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than the summer of 2021 to safeguard to the health of athletes and everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community.
The two leaders announced their decision after the Director of the World Health Organization Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating.
Geneva, Switzerland-based WHO reported on Tuesday that there 334,981 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 worldwide. There have been 14, 652 deaths in 189 countries. There are 1,089 confirmed cases in Japan.
The Olympics will keep the name Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.
The 2020 Summer Olympics were scheduled to begin on July 24, 2020, and conclude on August 9, 2020.