The International Olympic Committee is considering postponing the Tokyo Olympics 2020 to next year in 2021 following the recent Coronavirus pandemic.
One of the biggest sports events, the Olympics which was to be held in Tokyo this year is been considered to be postponed to 2021. The International Olympics Committee declared that considering the number of cases that are being reported due to the current Coronavirus pandemic and the consistent pressure that the organization received from the participant countries of Tokyo Olympics 2020 to withdraw the same, has led to the decision.
Earlier Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic Committees and Australian Olympic Committee reported that they will not be sending their athletes to be part of the Tokyo Olympics 2020 if it is held this summer. The IOC said that it will take consultation with the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, Japanese authorities and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and detailed assessment of health world-wide. Although the possible date is not mentioned, the committee made it clear that the event will not be cancelled.
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BREAKING: The Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Paralympic Committee will refuse to send athletes to the Tokyo Olympics if the event is not postponed.The 2020 Games are currently set to begin on July 24. News release: pic.twitter.com/NT8twsqAXI
— CBC News Alerts (@CBCAlerts) March 23, 2020
— IOC MEDIA (@iocmedia) March 22, 2020
Here’s what Tweeple have to say:
The athletes live to compete at the games. If they can sacrifice their greatest dream and stay home, YOU can stay home. ???????♀️⛹? #Tokyo2020
— Kimberley Ford ????? (@RoyaltyCanadian) March 23, 2020
#Tokyo2020 postponed for 12 months is the talk. Seems like the most logical decision. Will be disappointed to not make it this year but nice to have something to look forward to during these grim times?
— Luke Partridge (@LPartridgeTurf) March 23, 2020
With the Canadian Olympic Commitee announcing the refusal to send athletes to a non postponed #Tokyo2020, expect other NOCs to follow their lead.
— Karthik K (@kkanagas) March 23, 2020
#tokyo2020 SHOULD be postponed!! Global health and well being is more important than sports.
— (❁´◡`❁) (@camilledammit) March 23, 2020
really, this has to be postponed, even if its an overreaction, and it is certainly not. its the smart thing to do in order to continue to show others that this is the real deal, and lives are at stake. #Tokyo2020 Canada and its olympians providing leadership is right. https://t.co/0bPQURPp8q
— ronproulx (@ronproulx) March 23, 2020
The four week period will decide whether The Olympics will be postponed to 2021 or not amidst the pandemic that the world is facing right now.