In a decision that has seemed inevitable for some time now as the world deals with the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been announced that the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan has been postponed.
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach and Japanese Prime Minster Abe Shinzo released a joint statement on Tuesday making this announcement.
“In the present circumstances and based on the information provided by the WHO today, the IOC President and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo 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,” .
It goes without saying that the acceleration of the coronavirus in North America and Europe played a major role in this decision. Both continents have seen other sports suspend or . There’s no way that the Olympics could have gone on as planned with world-wide cases currently standing at 375,000.
This did not make it any easier for the sports world to accept that one of the year’s biggest events will not go on as planned. Others understood fully the gravity of the situation and that sports must continue to take a back seat.
Different year, same goal!— Marlou van Rhijn (@MLvanRhijn)
nb游戏平台The Olympics is the biggest party in the world, but I’m so glad it’s been moved. GUTTED for the athletes, gutted for Japan and for everyone who has worked so hard on it. BUT let’s be honest, once it finally happens, MY GOD, what a party it will be I can’t wait.— Jeanette ♀️⚽️ (@JNETTEKWAKYE)
Very happy to hear moved to 2021. Best case scenario given the circumstances. The message athletes deserved to hear. To all the athletes: take a breath, regroup, take care of yourself and your families. Your time will come.— Hayley Wickenheiser (@wick_22)
nb游戏平台: The Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics postponed until 2021. Olympics have never been postponed in peacetime. 1916, 1940 & 1944 games were cancelled during world wars.— Farah Nasser (@FarahNasser)
nb游戏平台Without the Tokyo Olympics we need the Quarantine Olympic Games— McNeil (@Reflog_18)
nb游戏平台If it has been necessary to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games then how can we possibly be thinking we can finish the current football season— JOHN PEMBERTON (@johnpembosnr)
It’s official: The Tokyo 2020 Summer Games, which were to include baseball for the first time since 2008, have been postponed and “must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021,” per .— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi)
Euro 2020 ❌— B/R Football (@brfootball)
Copa America ❌
Tokyo Olympics ❌
Another summer tournament is postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic
: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe just announced the 2020 summer Olympics will be delayed until 2021 due to .— Caroline Orr (@RVAwonk)
This is the 1st time the Olympics have ever been delayed (though they’ve been canceled before).
Breaking: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe formally requests Olympics to be deferred to summer of 2021.. first time since Second World War that we won’t have Olympics on schedule.. a summer without great sport.. Public health comes first!— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep)
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