After months of internal discussions and mounting pressure from nations and athletes across the world, the International Olympic Committee will postpone the Olympics Games that had been scheduled to begin in late July in Tokyo, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan said Tuesday.
The world’s largest sporting event Olympics Games will take place in the summer of 2021.
The decision became inevitable after the national Olympic committee in Canada announced on Sunday that it was withdrawing from the Games, and Australia’s committee told its athletes that it was not possible to train for this summer under the widespread restrictions in place to control the virus. The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, after initially declining to take a stand, joined the fray Monday night, urging the I.O.C. to postpone.
In announcing the decision, Abe said he had asked Thomas Bach, president of the I.O.C., for a one-year delay and he had “agreed 100 percent.” I.O.C. leader has acknowledged the disruption but said that a delay was the only way to ensure that athletes could train safely and the more than $10 billion Japan has spent to prepare for the Olympics during the past seven years would not go to waste.