In a statement on the 2020 Olympics, Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, stated:
“At the moment, talking about the opening of the Olympics, I believe that the circumstances that have been created in the world do not go in that direction.”
The Japanese leader also emphasized that the decision was taken in conjunction with the IOC (International Olympic Committee).
“We agree that the Olympics and Paralympics take place […] until the summer of 2021, as well as to continue in deep cooperation to, after the complete victory of humanity over the new coronavirus and as a symbol of this triumph, hold the Olympic and Paralympic Games in full format “, declared Abe.
Last Sunday (22) the future of the Olympics was at an impasse, as the IOC president raised the possibility of rescheduling the event due to the pandemic.
To resolve the issue, Abe proposed rescheduling the event for next year.
Thus, despite being rescheduled for 2021, the games will be held in Tokyo and the name will be Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Kyodo agency reported.
The Olympic flame will also be in Japan.
With the spread of COVID-19 around the world, Tokyo 2020 was in doubt.
Japan, the country chosen to be the host, has more than 1,000 cases of people with the coronavirus, while 49 have died.
In addition, 712 people on board the Diamond Princess cruise, docked in the Asian country, also had the disease confirmed.
It is known that the Olympic Games of the modern era, which started in 1896, were never postponed, although they had already been canceled in 1916, 1940 and 1944 due to the First and Second World Wars.