International Olympic Committee postpones the Olympics due to coronavirus
(IOC) International Olympic Committee and the Government of Japan agreed today to postpone the next Olympic Games for about a year, given the impact generated in the preparation of athletes for the coronavirus pandemic.
This was decided by the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, and the IOC President, Thomas Bach, in a telephone conversation they had today, in which other representatives of the sports and political authorities of Japan were present.
"Japan, as a host country, under the current circumstances, has proposed that (the IOC) study whether it can be postponed for about a year (the Olympics) so that athletes can have the best conditions," Abe told journalists. .
"Bach replied that he agrees one hundred percent," he added, noting: "So we have reached an agreement to hold the Olympics in Tokyo no later than the summer of 2021."
Various sports federations and national Olympic committees have been calling for the postponement of Tokyo 2020 in recent days due to the extension of COVID-19 and the impossibility of athletes being able to prepare adequately.
Last Sunday the IOC said it was beginning to analyze the possibility of a postponement, but set a maximum period of four weeks to make a final decision. However, according to what Abe reported after his telephone conversation with Bach, there is already a decision by both parties to postpone the Olympic competitions for a year.