Updated: IOC postpones 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games (Full statement)

March 24, 2020
89 Views

<!– 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in Japan postponed by IOC –>

2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in Japan postponed by IOC

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has officially postponed the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games after talks with Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe.

IOC said the games will be postponed from its original date and will be held no later than summer 2021.

The IOC statement confirming their decision:

“The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, and the Prime Minister of Japan, Abe Shinzo, held a conference call this morning to discuss the constantly changing environment with regard to COVID-19 and the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

“They were joined by Mori Yoshiro, the President of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee; the Olympic Minister, Hashimoto Seiko; the Governor of Tokyo, Koike Yuriko; the Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission, John Coates; IOC Director General Christophe De Kepper; and the IOC Olympic Games Executive Director, Christophe Dubi.

“President Bach and Prime Minister Abe expressed their shared concern about the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, and what it is doing to people’s lives and the significant impact it is having on global athletes’ preparations for the Games.

“In a very friendly and constructive meeting, the two leaders praised the work of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and noted the great progress being made in Japan to fight against COVID-19.

“The unprecedented and unpredictable spread of the outbreak has seen the situation in the rest of the world deteriorating. Yesterday, the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that the COVID-19 pandemic is ‘accelerating’. There are more than 375,000 cases now recorded worldwide and in nearly every country, and their number is growing by the hour.

“In the present circumstances and based on the information provided by the WHO today, the IOC President and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community.

“The leaders agreed that the Olympic Games in Tokyo could stand as a beacon of hope to the world during these troubled times and that the Olympic flame could become the light at the end of the tunnel in which the world finds itself at present. Therefore, it was agreed that the Olympic flame will stay in Japan. It was also agreed that the Games will keep the name Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.”

<!–

after_article responsive

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

–>

You may be interested

Nigerian airforce disrupts terrorist meeting on Lake Chad with bombs
News
13 views
News
13 views

Nigerian airforce disrupts terrorist meeting on Lake Chad with bombs

Webby - October 23, 2021

A file photo of NAF personnel with an Alpha-jet of the Nigerian Air Force. Photo: [email protected]The Nigerian Air Force says…

No one should die for politicians, Gov. Makinde warns
News
6 views
News
6 views

No one should die for politicians, Gov. Makinde warns

Webby - October 23, 2021

Spread the loveSeyi Makinde on Saturday reiterated his belief in politics without bitterness, warning that no one should die supporting…

FBN Holdings confirms Otedola’s acquisition of equity stake
Business
3 views
Business
3 views

FBN Holdings confirms Otedola’s acquisition of equity stake

Webby - October 23, 2021

Spread the loveBarely 24 hours after denying notification of possible acquisition of shares by Mr Femi Otedola, FBN Holdings (FBNH)…

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.