Yes, 2020 Tokyo Olympics cancelled due to Coronavirus! The 2020 Summer Olympic Games, which were scheduled to be held in Tokyo, the opening of which was planned to be on July 24th, has been postponed due to the Novel Coronavirus.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said that the games have been rescheduled to 2021.
Some time earlier, Yoshiro Mori, Organizing Committee President said:
“I would like to make it clear again that we are not considering a cancellation or postponement of the games. Let me make that clear.”
In the 124-year modern history of the Olympics, this is the first time that the Olympics have been delayed or moved, during times of peace.
On March 24th, 2020, Tuesday, the Japanese Prime Minister had a word with Thomas Bach, IOC (International Olympic Committee) President, as well as other officials and they concluded that the Olympics would not be held in 2020 because of Coronavirus.
A joint statement issued by the IOC and the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee said:
“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.”
Thrice before have the Summer Olympics been canceled, 1916, 1940 and 1944.
Twice before have the Winter Games been canceled, 1940 and 1944.
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics were scheduled to take place from July 24 to August 9, 2020.
And now the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have been cancelled due to Coronavirus!
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