The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games have been postponed to next year. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s office has confirmed the development formally.
Prime Minister Abe had earlier today had telephonic talks with the International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach. The duo had agreed that it was not possible to go ahead with the Games slated for the July 24-May 9 this year and decided to defer the Games to the 2021 Summer.
“After his telephone talks with IOC President Bach, PM Abe spoke to the Press and explained that the two have agreed that the Tokyo Olympic Games would not be cancelled, and the games will be held by the summer of 2021 (sic.),” Abe’s office has confirmed on official twitter handle PM Office of Japan @JPN_PMO.
Abe had also informed the Press about the joint decision to end the prevailing uncertainties about the Games as it was impossible to adhere to the original schedule. “I proposed to postpone for about a year and president Bach responded with 100 percent agreement,” Abe told reporters, according to news in Japanese media.
The move would be a devastating blow for the city of Tokyo, which had won widespread praise for its organisation, with venues finished well ahead of time and tickets massively oversubscribed.
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had reported this morning that the Tokyo 2020 will now be the Tokyo 2021.
The International Olympic Committee had earlier assigned a task force to evaluate the scenarios if the Games were to be deferred from the 2021 scheduled. Bach had earlier maintained that cancelling the Games was out of question and it will take four weeks to decide the next course of action.