The International Olympic Committee and Japan have agreed to postpone the Summer Olympics to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The IOC was facing mounting pressure and criticism in their response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Olympics were set to begin on July 24. This marks the first occasion in which the modern Olympics have been postponed. A delay seemed inevitable after senior IOC member Dick Pound said that the fate of the Tokyo Olympics would be a postponement and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe arranged a conference call with the IOC on Tuesday to propose the Games to be held in 2021. Abe said Bach "agreed 100%." SI’s Robin Lundberg reacts to the postponement of the Olympics.
Tokyo Olympics CEO Says Summer Games Could Be in Doubt for 2021
As the spread of coronavirus continues in Japan, the chief executive of the Tokyo Games said he can’t guarantee the postponed Olympics will return next year. “I don’t think anyone would be able to say if it is going to be possible to get it under control by next July or not,” ...read more