The Tokyo Olympics of 2020 have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared. The choice, which had been anticipated, comes after a call between Abe and the Universal Olympic Committee, reports The Japan Times. The Games will be put off until following summer “at the latest,” in spite of the fact that a spring Olympics has not been ruled out. It is the primary time amid peace that the Olympics have been postponed. Prior this week, Canada got to be the primary nation to withdraw from the event. Abe said they had set up that cancelling the Games was out of the address, which Bach had agreed “100%” that the postponement was the foremost suitable decision to the global disturbance.
Pau Gasol, Professional athlete, President of the Gasol Foundation & Official Candidate for the IOC Athletes’ Commission said, “This is a very difficult moment for everybody and the sports world has to step up and take a leading role. The health and wellbeing of all are paramount concerns, above anything else. Thank you to the International Olympic Committee – IOC for making this tough but necessary decision to ensure everybody’s safety.”Whereas Pierre Poignant, Chief Executive Officer at Lazada Group pointed out, “Olympics Games Tokyo 2020 are postponed. We had a series of partnerships & events lined up over the summer. Looking forward to next year when we can all celebrate happily! As one of the Worldwide Olympics Partners, Alibaba Group stands firm for the postponement of Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Despite the delay, such a decision, made amidst the ongoing global fight against COVID-19, is the epitome of the Olympic spirit of peace, friendship and solidarity. We wish health to all, and look forward to a better future for the Olympics, as well as each and everyone of you.”
In a conference call with President Bach, PM Abe told reporters “We agreed that a postponement would be the best way to ensure that the athletes are in peak condition when they compete and to guarantee the safety of the spectators,” Abe told reporters shortly after his conference call with Bach, adding that the Games would be held by the summer of 2021.
The phenomenal and eccentric spread of the outbreak has seen the circumstance within the rest of the world breaking down. Recently, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that the COVID-19 widespread is quickening. There are more than 375,000 cases presently recorded around the world and in about each nation, and their number is developing by an hour.
In the present circumstance and based on the data given 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 date ahead 2020 but not afterward than summer 2021, to defend the wellbeing of the athletes, everyone included within the Olympic Games and the international community.