• Francisca Ogar

IOC MOVES 2020 OLYMPICS FORWARD by Jessy Samuel Ejah

Less than 48 hours after coming under fire for giving themselves four weeks to make a decision, the International Olympic Committee announced that the Games will be rescheduled for the first time in history because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Having been due to begin on July 24, they will now take place on ‘a date beyond 2020 but no later than summer 2021’, in news which was welcomed by Team GB athletes, the Government, the British Olympic Association and UK Sport.

They will still be called Tokyo 2020 despite being held next year, with a likely new start date of July 2021. The Paralympics, due to be staged this August and September, have also been postponed.

IOC president Thomas Bach said: ‘This is about protecting lives.’

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe triggered Tuesday’s unprecedented move in a phone call with Bach.

Abe said: ‘We asked President Bach to consider postponement of about one year to make it possible for athletes to be in the best condition, and to make the event a safe and secure one for spectators.’

Source :Daily Mail

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