2020 Olympics Delayed Due to Growing Coronavirus Pandemic
Wednesday, 25 March 2020 08:42 WIB | GLOBAL |

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the delay of the 2020 Olympics¯to no later than the summer of 2021. after holding talks by telephone ¯Tuesday¯ with¯Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach.¯

The games were originally scheduled to begin on July 24.  ¯

Abe said Tuesday the postponement came after months of escalating pressure from some¯participating¯countries and athletes.¯

The IOC and the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee said in a joint statement the delay was necessary to œsafeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved on the Olympic Games and the international community. ¯

The delay¯moved¯closer to reality on Sunday when the¯ Canadian¯ Olympic¯ Committee said it was¯withdrawing from¯the games, and Australia™s committee members informed its athletes they could not adequately train for the summer games after coronavirus control restrictions were imposed.¯

Source : VOA

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