September 19, 2020
Sport

OIC, Japan Postpone Tokyo Olympics

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games have been postponed until next year because of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.

The event, due to begin on the twenty-fourth of July, will now take place no later than summer 2021.

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the country and the International Olympic Committee, IOC, proposed to postpone the Games for a year. 

The Tokyo Paralympic Games will also be postponed until 2021.

The event will still be called Tokyo 2020 despite taking place in 2021.

The Olympics have never been delayed in their 124-year modern history, though they were cancelled altogether in 1916, 1940 and 1944 during the two world wars.

Major Cold War boycotts disrupted the Moscow and Los Angeles summer Games in 1980 and 1984.

Olaolu Fawole

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