IOC, Japan Agree to Postpone Tokyo Olympics Until 2021

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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.