Japan, IOC agree to postpone Tokyo Olympics to 2021 amid coronavirus pandemic
Tokyo (Japan) | Jagran News Desk: In wake of the deadly coronavirus pandemic that has claimed the lives of over 16,500 people in the world, Japan and the International Olympics Committee (IOC) have decided to postponed the Games and it will now be held in the summer of 2021.
The decision to postponed the Games was taken after Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held talks with IOC President Thomas Bach and explained about the coronavirus pandemic across the world. This is the first time in 124 years that the Olympic Games will get postponed.
"After his telephone talks with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, Prime Minister Shinzo 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," Shinzo Abe's office said, as quoted by news agency ANI.
The IOC, meanwhile, said that the Olympic flame will stay in Japan and the Games will keep the name Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.
"We asked President Bach to consider postponement of about one year to make it possible for athletes to play in the best condition, and to make the event a safe and secure one for spectators," Abe said after his talks with the IOC president.
"President Bach said he is in agreement 100 per cent," he added.
The Japanese Prime Minister had earlier said that a postponement is 'unavoidable' if the 2020 Games cannot be held in a complete manner amid the coronavirus pandemic
The IOC was under tremedous pressure from a number of quarters to announce a postponement with restrictions on movement of people being set in countries around the world due to the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed over 16,500 lives.
(With agency inputs)
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