The Tokyo summer 2020 Olympics have been officially postponed until 2021 due to the novel coronavirus covid-19 outbreak that has caused a global pandemic.
The International Olympic Committee along with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and local organizers have decided that the Olympics cannot go ahead as scheduled because of the disruption in everyday life the world is currently facing.
Joint Statement from the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committeehttps://t.co/XNcaa4Gvx8
— Olympics (@Olympics) March 24, 2020
The IOC says the games will be held “not later than summer 2021” but they will still be called the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Abe said after his talk with IOC president Thomas Bach that he requested a postponement to secure an environment in which athletes can perform at their best and crowds can be safe.
Canada had announced on Sunday night that they would not be sending athletes to a summer 2020 Olympics, which was followed by a similar announcement from Australia.
The Olympic Games have been cancelled on three occasions—1916, 1940 and 1944—all due to war. Tokyo 2020 will be the first postponement of a Games, however.
The postponement will come as a relief to people across the world, and it keeps the Olympic dream alive for many Canadian athletes, including climbers Sean McColl and Alannah Yip.