Tokyo Olympics Officially Postponed to 2021 Over Coronavirus Pandemic

The Tokyo Olympics are to be postponed for one year after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee released a joint statement today confirming the news.

The President of the IOC, Thomas Bach, and Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, reached the decision during a conference call this morning, declaring that a postponement rather than a cancellation was the best course of action.

On Sunday, Bach announced that the IOC would take 4 weeks to evaluate options to proceed and make a plan for postponement or holding the Games as planned; however, in the 24 hours after that meeting, their hand was forced when two major participants Canada and Australia both announced that they would not participate in an Olympic Games that began in July 2020.

The Games are to be “rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021”.

It has also been agreed that the Games will keep the name ‘Tokyo 2020’ despite taking place the following year. As well as this, the Olympic flame is to remain in Japan and become “the light at the end of the tunnel.”

According to Johns Hopkins University, on Tuesday morning, as the announcement was made, there were nearly 393,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus worldwide with 1,140 of those cases in Japan. Japan also has 42 registered deaths caused by COVID-19, which is the name of the disease that the novel coronavirus causes.

The World Health Organization warned on Monday that the pandemic is “accelerating” and that nations must ‘attack’ the outbreak.

Full Joint Statement

The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, and the Prime Minister of Japan, Abe Shinzo, held a conference call this morning to discuss the constantly changing environment with regard to COVID-19 and the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

They were joined 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.

President Bach and Prime Minister Abe expressed their shared concern about the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, and what it is doing to people’s lives and the significant impact it is having on global athletes’ preparations for the Games.

In a very friendly and constructive meeting, the two leaders praised the work of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and noted the great progress being made in Japan to fight against COVID-19.

The unprecedented and unpredictable spread of the outbreak has seen the situation in the rest of the world deteriorating. Yesterday, the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that the COVID-19 pandemic is “accelerating”. There are more than 375,000 cases now recorded worldwide and in nearly every country, and their number is growing by the hour.

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.

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.

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Landrew
1 year ago

Inevitable at this point.. but still hard to believe. Definitely the right choice

Swimmer
1 year ago

Good decision. The well-being of everyone involved is a top priority.

Sun Yangs Hammer
1 year ago

“It has also been agreed that the Games will keep the name ‘Tokyo 2020”

If they’re having a hard time changing the logo I volunteer to boot up Microsoft Paint and change that 0 to a 1

Sun Yangs Hammer
Reply to  Sun Yangs Hammer
1 year ago

Just finished it and its beautiful

Koolaide
Reply to  Sun Yangs Hammer
1 year ago

Now please do that for the hundreds of millions of dollars of merchandise already produced.

Sun Yangs Hammer
Reply to  Koolaide
1 year ago

I’ve got a few sharpies lying around

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Koolaide
1 year ago

The consumers will spend another hundreds of millions of dollars of merchandise for Tokyo 2021.

Anonymous
Reply to  Sun Yangs Hammer
1 year ago

Tokyo 2020 had always taken place in 2020. Oceania had always been at war with Eastasia.

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Sun Yangs Hammer
1 year ago

There is one entity that can wipe out all the Tokyo 2020 signs in Japan.

Boknows34
Reply to  Sun Yangs Hammer
1 year ago

Tokyo 2020NE

coco
1 year ago

Now let’s talk how trials will work – if you have a cut already will that hold till next year or will everyone now have to requalify during a certain period before the 2021 Olympics?

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  coco
1 year ago

great question indeed …..

SwimFan49
Reply to  coco
1 year ago

Really great question. If they just extend the qualifying period so that it ends up being Fall 2018 until June 2021, that will make for a HUGE meet.

meeeee
Reply to  SwimFan49
1 year ago

and possibly stacked with swimmers who qualified, stopped swimming seriously because they graduated, but will still attend because they qualified

Regan stan
1 year ago

Cool throne Luca Urlando

FlyNDie
Reply to  Regan stan
1 year ago

he quite possibly ‘chose’ one of the best times to get injured for an olympic hopeful..
I now favor him for one of the spots on the 200 free relay.

Bula
Reply to  Regan stan
1 year ago

He is the chosen one

Nswim
Reply to  Regan stan
1 year ago

Also Baker will hopefully be in even better form with more time to fully heal her back

leisurely1:29
Reply to  Nswim
1 year ago

Smogs:(

Pvdh
1 year ago

Good. Now athletes have a fair compromise and a solidity. There was no reason to drag it out this far…

torchbearer
Reply to  Pvdh
1 year ago

In fairness to Japan that have spent 12 billion dollars, they need to get this right for everyone concerned in all sports…I understand why they didnt rush. Rescheduling wont be easy.

wanye kest
1 year ago

is bob bowman still doing corona training?

Kristiina
Reply to  wanye kest
1 year ago

I hope join Michael Phelps Bowman group. He train strongly

Chaitha D.
Reply to  Kristiina
1 year ago

Please tell me your trolling lol

Texas Tap Water
Reply to  Chaitha D.
1 year ago

Kristiina is a treasure here. Along with Yozhik, Bobo Gigi, Gina, Ol Longhorn

Ragnar
Reply to  Texas Tap Water
1 year ago

The newest member of the wack pack. I’d put sun yangs hammer up there as well

Kristiina
1 year ago

You can can come back Tokyo 2021. This is offficial info. Millions wait This and you train strongly. 35 is not very old. 5th straight gold 200IM. You is very good technique each stroke and good unterwater. You can one event do good and one relay just like Anthony Ervin 2016.

Kristiina
Reply to  Kristiina
1 year ago

This message to Phelps

sad australian swimmer
Reply to  Kristiina
1 year ago

You should meet my friend Yozhik. You two would get along.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  sad australian swimmer
1 year ago

let them be themselves ……

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
1 year ago

Or at least KRISTIINA.

Cate
Reply to  Kristiina
1 year ago

He’s got a wife and 3 kids. He cares about his family and that bum shoulder he has. Suggesting this is ridiculous