With all the sports season getting cancelled, let’s admit that we all saw it coming. It was impossible to hope that the Olympics would continue as per schedule so now as predicted, the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo have been postponed. Corona is really taking away all the happiness and we almost have nothing to look forward to.
Source: India Today
Anyways, the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach and Japan Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe conducted a press conference and the mutual agreement was to call off the schedule for July. They released a joint statement on Tuesday with both the IOC and Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee confirming it.
The two leaders decided the games “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 statement read.
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They have given us some hope, though.
Officials have emphasized for all the heartbroken fans that the games have only been postponed and they will soon announce the date once the world deals with the global crisis.
“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,” the IOC statement read. “Therefore, it was agreed that the Olympic flame will stay in Japan.”
Olympics 2020 was scheduled to officially begin on 24th July but unfortunately, coronavirus continues to spread in the world and it is difficult to manage such a big event while the entire world is under lockdown. As of today, the pandemic has killed 15000 people and therefore around 1B are observing social distancing to control the spread.
The news regarding the Olympics was first released to USA Today on Monday and we are waiting to hear any future plans regarding the schedule from the committee.