The 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games have been postponed until next year due to the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
This year’s Olympic games were slated to kick off on 24 July to 9th August 2020 while the Paralympics was set to run from August 25 to September 6.
On Tuesday, 24th March, the organisers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) agreed to delay the games.
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe confirmed that the IOC agreed to the delay
“I proposed to postpone for a year and IOC president Thomas Bach responded with 100% agreement.” This will make it possible for athletes to play in the best condition and will make the event a safe and secure one for spectators.” Abe said, per BBC.
The Olympics have previously only been cancelled completely during periods of World War in 1916, 1940 and 1944 but never suspended or postponed during peacetime.
Games to still be called Tokyo 2020, despite being held in 2021.
Prominent soccer leagues across the globe have been suspended while UEFA Euro was also postponed until 2021 because of the global coronavirus pandemic.