Updated: (1st April 2020) New date for Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics has been announced.
In the wake of recent coronavirus outbreak throughout the world, the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach have mutually agreed to postponed the event till summer of 2021.
“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”, said a statement released from IOC and Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee after the conference call.
The conference call between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach was also attended by by Mori Yoshiro, the President of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee; the Olympic Minister, Hashimoto Seiko; the Governor of Tokyo, Koike Yuriko; the Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission, John Coates; IOC Director General Christophe De Kepper; and the IOC Olympic Games Executive Director, Christophe Dubi.
“The leaders agreed that the Olympic Games in Tokyo could stand as a beacon of hope to the world during these troubled times and that the Olympic flame could become the light at the end of the tunnel in which the world finds itself at present. Therefore, it was agreed that the Olympic flame will stay in Japan. It was also agreed that the Games will keep the name Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020”, added the statement.