Tokyo 2020 Olympics postponed until 2021

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games is set to be postponed by one year until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic after an agreement between the Japanese government and the International Olympic Committee.

The Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Tuesday he and IOC President Thomas Bach “agreed 100 per cent” on the idea of delaying the Tokyo Olympics by a year.

Abe was speaking to reporters after a phone call with Bach on postponing the Games amid growing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

He said: “We asked President Bach to consider postponement of about one year to make it possible for athletes to play in the best condition, and to make the event a safe and secure one for spectators.

“President Bach said he is in agreement 100 per cent.”

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