Tokyo Olympics to be postponed, Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics Will Be Postponed To 2021 Due To Covid-19 Pandemic

The International Olympic Committee and the 2020 Tokyo Organizing Committee announced in a joint statement on Tuesday that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be postponed until 2021 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The postponement would be the first since the modern games began in the 19th century and make the Tokyo 2020 Olympics the biggest sporting event called off due to the pandemic that has caused more than 387,000 confirmed cases, led to a plunge in global markets and slammed the brakes on worldwide travel.

After a call with Bach, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the July 24-Aug. The 26-year-old Wolf said he will seek a non-baseball job this summer and has no idea if he will have a chance to play in 2021.

International Paralympic Committee president Andrew Parson said the postponement was "the only logical option".

The Olympics have never been delayed in their 124-year modern history, though they were cancelled altogether in 1916, 1940 and 1944 during WWI and WWII. I thank you for being so forthcoming with your perspectives, and also for allowing us the time to hear from your teammates across all sports before making a recommendation to the IOC.

"I'm so glad International Olympic Committee chose to do that", said Amy Kneebone Burk, a three-time Paralympian on Canada's goalball team, after the decision was made Tuesday morning.

"It will be nice to have a low-key summer for the first time ever", Bowman said.

But the six-time world champion and London 2012 bronze medallist was full of praise for today's announcement.

The postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games will have a wide impact on sport, including the qualification procedures for the Games themselves and the global calendars in 2020 and 2021.

For all the heartbreak of missed opportunity caused by so many different sports cancellations - from the tear-stained faces of young athletes no longer tugging on their shin guards to the idle hands of professional ones no longer pulling on their jerseys - there is something different about the Olympics.

American kata karate exponent Sakura Kokumai was confirmed as having made Tokyo 2020 only this week at the end of the two-year qualification period.

The global virus lockdown has shut down competitions, including Olympic qualifiers, and made training not just hard but also risky, as athletes risk contracting or spreading COVID-19.

View of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic / Paralympic Village construction site buildings in Tokyo.

Sally Munday, CEO of UK Sport, said athletes will not have to pay back any financial investment made in them and they are working to establish how best to support athletes so they are ready for when the games do take place. The coronavirus has also forced a number of high-profile qualifying competitions to be canceled or postponed. As such, even the best-case for a 2020 Tokyo Olympics is looking like it would be an event with a reduced field of athletes who aren't performing at their best, and rather than such a severely diminished gathering, waiting until 2021 may ultimately make everyone much happier and, of course, safer.

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