Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the delay of the 2020 Olympics to no later than the summer of 2021. after holding talks by telephone Tuesday with Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach.
The games were originally scheduled to begin on July 24.
Abe said Tuesday the postponement came after months of escalating pressure from some participating countries and athletes.
The IOC and the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee said in a joint statement the delay was necessary to “safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved on the Olympic Games and the international community.”
The delay moved closer to reality on Sunday when the Canadian Olympic Committee said it was withdrawing from the games, and Australia’s committee members informed its athletes they could not adequately train for the summer games after coronavirus control restrictions were imposed.
Source : VOA