Published: 14:26 | 24/3/20

Olympic games postponed for a year


The International Olympic Committee has confirmed that this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic which were due to take place in Tokyo have been postponed until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A joint statement from the IOC and the Tokyo 2020 organising committee confirmed the news on Tuesday following weeks of speculation.

"In the present circumstances and based on the information provided by the WHO (World Health Organisation) 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 statement said.

"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."

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