Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe proposed during the talks with the President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, that the Tokyo Olympics be postponed by a year.
Abe said they had determined that the games would not be canceled and that Bach had “100%” agreed that the move would be the most appropriate response to the global disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
“We agreed that a move is the best way to ensure that the athletes are in top form during the competition and to ensure the safety of the spectators,” Abe told reporters shortly after his conversation with Bach, adding, that the games would take place until summer 2021.
Abe had said that a shift would be inevitable if the 2020 games couldn’t be fully held during the Corona virus outbreak. Abe had talks with Bach after the IOC announced that it would make a decision about the Tokyo Games in the next four weeks, but this is now expected to happen much sooner, possibly within a few days.