|24 March, 2020

2020 Olympics postponed till 2021

IOC has been facing mounting pressure to delay the Games

A passerby wearing a protective face mask, following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), walks past in front of a Tokyo Olympics 2020 souvenir shop in Tokyo, Japan March 25, 2020, a day after the announcement of the games' postponement to 2021. Image used for illustrative purpose.

A passerby wearing a protective face mask, following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), walks past in front of a Tokyo Olympics 2020 souvenir shop in Tokyo, Japan March 25, 2020, a day after the announcement of the games' postponement to 2021. Image used for illustrative purpose.

REUTERS/Naoki Ogura

TOKYO: Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach agreed Tuesday to postpone the Olympics until 2021.

The IOC has been facing mounting pressure to delay the Games, which were originally scheduled to take place from July 24 to August 9, amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.

It was also announced that the event will still be dubbed Tokyo 2020 despite the postponement.

"The IOC president and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that 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," said a statement from the IOC and Tokyo 2020 organising committee.

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