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Tokyo Olympics formally postponed resulting from coronavirus

The Tokyo Olympics initially scheduled for 2020 are postponed "no later than the summer season of 2021" as a result of coronavirus pandemic, the Worldwide Olympic Committee (IOC) has introduced.

As a result of coronavirus pandemic, the Worldwide Olympic Committee (IOC) lastly introduced on Tuesday March 24 that it had determined to postpone the Tokyo Olympic Video games, on the newest in the summertime of 2021. The Olympic Video games have been initially scheduled to happen this summer season from July 24 to August 9.

"Underneath the present circumstances and primarily based on info supplied at this time (Tuesday) by the World Well being Group (WHO), the IOC President and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Tokyo Olympics needs to be reprogrammed after 2020 and on the newest in the summertime of 2021, with a view to safeguard the well being of athletes and all these concerned within the Olympic Video games in addition to the worldwide neighborhood, "the IOC introduced in a press launch.

Earlier, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stated he had made this request for postponement to the IOC: "I proposed to postpone them for a few 12 months and the President of the Worldwide Olympic Committee (Thomas) Bach agreed to 100% ".

The Tokyo Olympics, which will probably be postponed for a few 12 months, will probably be "testimony to the defeat of the virus" within the face of humanity, he insisted.

The governor of the Japanese capital, Yuriko Koike, stated that the Video games will all the time be referred to as Tokyo 2020.

A primary in peacetime

This postponement is a primary for the trendy period Olympics in peacetime. Beforehand solely the 2 world conflicts of the 20th century had led to the technical postponement after which the cancellation of the Olympiads.

It's an enormous blow to the town of Tokyo and Japan, who’ve been getting ready for years to host the most important sporting occasion on the planet, adopted by the Paralympics from August 25 to September 6.

The Japanese authorities and the IOC have lengthy been reluctant to formally think about altering the Olympic calendar. However the strain from athletes, then from nationwide and worldwide sports activities federations, turned stronger daily with the inexorable unfold of the coronavirus, which appeared in China on the finish of 2019 and which is now rampant elsewhere on the earth, particularly in Europe.

"Clever determination"

The very highly effective worldwide athletics federation, the primary sport within the Olympic Video games, "welcomed" this determination on Tuesday, which it stated gave "respite and readability on this unprecedented and unsure scenario". Its president Sebastian Coe, who had taken a transparent place, believing that organizing the Video games this summer season was "neither possible nor fascinating", had already indicated on Monday that he was able to postpone the deliberate Worlds for a 12 months by Eugene ( United States) in the summertime of 2021.

2016 Olympic champion and Kenyan marathon world report holder Eliud Kipchoge referred to as the postponement a "very smart determination", whereas double Olympic judo champion Teddy Riner has already made an appointment for subsequent 12 months. "Tokyo, see you in 2021. We’ve got an even bigger battle to win earlier than," stated the Frenchman.

This announcement comes at a time when most sports activities competitions are stopped on all continents, the place greater than 2.6 billion individuals are anticipated to remain at residence, with usually drastic confinement measures.

With AFP

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