Now the next Olympic Games will be held in the summer of 2021.
After several months of discussion and amid mounting pressure from States and athletes from around the world, the international Olympic Committee decided to postpone the summer Olympics, which were supposed to be held in late July in Tokyo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Tuesday after telephone talks with IOC chief Thomas Bach.
Now it is decided that the Olympic Games will be held in the summer of 2021. This change will bring chaos to the schedule of sporting events, but will be a great relief for athletes, organizers and health authorities, who have insisted that it is not safe to hold the Olympics due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The decision became inevitable after the National Olympic Committee of Canada announced on Sunday that it would not participate in the Olympics, and the Australian Committee told athletes that they would not be able to train under strict restrictions imposed to contain the spread of the virus. The US Olympic and Paralympic committees on Monday evening also called on the IOC to postpone the games.
Earlier, Abe said that the delay is inevitable if all the events can not be carried out in the planned order.
Announcing the decision, Abe said he asked IOC chief Thomas Bach for a one-year delay, and he “agreed 100 percent,” recognizing that this is the only way to ensure safe training for athletes and not lose about $ 10 billion spent by Japan on organizing the event.
Last week, Bach said that the possibility of canceling the Olympics is not being considered.