Tokyo 2020: Olympic and Paralympic Games postponed due to coronavirus

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The Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games are postponed until next year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The event, due to begin on 24 July, will take place “not before than summer time 2021″.

Looking at the present conditions on the pandemic outbreak and based on the information given by the WHO, the Prime minister of Japan and the IOC president have reasoned that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo must be rescheduled to a date past 2020 although not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the global community.”

Currently, there are more than 380,000 cases currently recorded worldwide and in nearly every nation, and their number is increasing by the hour.

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Even though the event will now be taking place in 2021, it will still be called Tokyo 2020.

The director-general of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, stated that the Covid-19 pandemic is accelerating and the unpredictable spread of the outbreak has seen the situation in the rest of the world deteriorating.

When Canada became the first nation to officially withdraw from the event if not postponed, USA Track and Field sports US governing body, had called for a postponement.

The Paralympics were expected to begin on 25 August however, International Paralympic Committee president Andrew Parsons said the postponement was “the only logical alternative”.

There had been pressure from a bunch of athletes and committees requiring a quicker conclusion although the IOC had given itself a deadline of four months. But finally, the decision’s made to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympics by 1 year.

Sport isn’t the most crucial thing at this time, maintaining human existence is.  It’s vital that steps are taken to attempt and restrict the spread of the disease and by accepting this choice today, everyone involved with the Paralympic movement, for example, all Para-athletes, can completely concentrate on their own wellbeing and health and staying secure during this unprecedented and hard moment.


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