BREAKING: Tokyo Olympic 2020 Postpone Till 2021 Over Coronavirus

2 weeks ago Emmanuel Chiwendu 0

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has revealed Olympics chief Thomas Bach is on board with the Tokyo2020 Games being delayed by one year due to the coronavirus crisis.

An influential International Olympic Committee member revealed on Monday night a decision had been made to postpone Tokyo 2020 — with the Games now set to be held next summer.

It now seems the move has the support of the Japanese government after Abe told the IOC his nation would accept a delay to the Games of 12 months in a conference call on Tuesday, according to NHK.

Abe made the announcement during a call with IOC president Thomas Bach and Organising Committee chief Yoshiro Mori. Reuters later claimed Abe ‘agreed with Bach to hold the Olympic games at the latest by the summer of 2021’.

It follows comments by Powell that the Games would not be taking place this summer. Pound said: ‘On the basis of the information the IOC has, postponement has been decided.

The parameters going forward have not been determined, but the Games are not going to start on July 24, that much I know. ‘It will come in stages.

We will postpone (the Games) and begin to deal with all the ramifications of moving them, which are immense.’

Responding to Pound’s comments, the IOC said in a statement: ‘It is the right of every IOC member to interpret the decision of the IOC executive board, which was announced on Sunday.’

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