On Tuesday morning, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the International Olympic Committee announced they reached an agreement to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Games to 2021.
The decision is on board with the US Olympic Committee assessment, released yesterday.
“Our most important conclusion from this broad athlete response is that even if the current significant health concerns could be alleviated by late summer, the enormous disruptions to the training environment, doping controls, and qualification process can’t be overcome in a satisfactory manner,” US Olympic and Paralympic Committee board chair Susanne Lyons and CEO Sarah Hirshland said in a joint statement.
“To that end, it’s more clear than ever that the path toward postponement is the most promising, and we encourage the IOC to take all needed steps to ensure the Games can be conducted under safe and fair conditions for all competitors.”
The decision to postpone the games came after calls from a number of countries, including Canada, Australia, Norway, and Portugal. The Summer Olympics were set to start off on July 24. While they’ve agreed to postpone the games to a later date, they emphasized it would be no later than summer 2021.
“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,” a joint statement from the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee said.
“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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