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Tokyo Olympics postponed “no later than summer 2021”

A decision made by the IOC President, Thomas Bach, after a telephone interview with the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe.

The coronavirus epidemic will have killed the Tokyo Olympics. Dyears a statement published Tuesday March 24, lhe International Olympic Committee announces that they will not take place this summer, from July 24 to August 9, as originally planned. They are shifted by one year and will take place “no later than summer 2021”. A decision made by the IOC President, Thomas Bach, after a telephone interview with the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe.

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“Under the current circumstances and on the basis of information provided by WHO today (Tuesday), the IOC President and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo must be rescheduled (.. .) to protect the health of athletes, all those involved in the Olympic Games and the international community “, can we read in the press release.

This decision had become inevitable as the Covid-19 pandemic spread around the world. Many sports federations, and athletes themselves, asked for this postponement. In recent days, several delegations (American, Australian and Canadian in particular) had announced that they would not make the trip if the Olympic Games were held this summer.

This postponement is a first for the modern era Olympics in peacetime. Previously only the two world wars had led to the technical postponement and then the cancellation of the Olympiads. In 1940, it was already in Tokyo that the XIIth Olympic Games were planned … before this time being canceled outright.

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