Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 Postponed Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Will be rescheduled "to a date beyond 2020 but no later than summer 2021"
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Image via: Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee

Image via: Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee

This summer was supposed to see Tokyo host the Olympic and Paralympic Games but due to the growing global crisis and health concerns amid COVID-19, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee decided earlier today for a postponement.

The following statement can be found on the Olympics website and states that the games will be rescheduled, and no later than summer 2021 while the Olympic flame stays in Japan and the Games keep the same naming:

"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."

Stay tuned for more information as the situation is ongoing. Please remember to stay inside, wash your hands and check in with authorities for the latest news on COVID-19.