Corona Virus Outbreak Effect: Now Tokyo 2020 Olympics Postponed: Amid Corona Virus Scare The Postponement of Tokyo Olympics Has Been Decided, The Games Remain Postponed Till 2021.
The deadly Corona Virus which has been spreading and affecting the lives across the globe and now has cast its dark shadow over Olympics. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics has been postponed unitl 2021 considering the safety of the Athletes. Japanese PM Shinzo Abe and IOC president of IOC (International Olympic Committee) Thomas Bach had conference call in the morning to discuss the fate of Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Considering the current situation and developing threat of COVID 19 across the globe, it has been decided that Tokyo 2020 Olympic & Paralympic Game will now take place no later than Summer 2021.
To safeguard the health of the athletes and everyone involved in the Tokyo 2020 Games.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games will now take place no later than summer 2021.
— #Tokyo2020 (@Tokyo2020) March 24, 2020
Here is what the conclusion of their meeting
“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.”- As quoted on Olympic.org
The decision has been taken considering the WHO report about the pandemic. WHO 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.”
The virus is spreading fast and many countries are under lockdown, the worst hit countries are China, Italy, Spain, Iran and the list is very long. WHO has already announced that Europe is the new epicenter of Corona virus. Considering the fast spread of this pandemic correct decision has been take as safety comes first and IOC has already made it very clear that health & safety paramount.