Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, has confirmed that he intends to ask Thomas Bach, president of the IOC to postpone the 2020 Olympic Games to 2021.
The discussion is almost a formality, as Canada and Australia have already pulled out of sending their teams to Tokyo.
Abe said a postponement is “unavoidable” if the 2020 Games could not be held in a complete manner amid the coronavirus pandemic, something that is more and more certain by the day.
Up until very recently, the Japanese government, Tokyo organising committee and the IOC had insisted that the games were still going ahead.
The Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau said in a statement on Monday:
“I know this is heartbreaking for so many people, athletes, coaches, staff and fans but this was absolutely the right call and everyone should follow their lead.”
This marks the first time that the Olympic Games have been suspended for the first time in their 124 year modern history.
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