Japan & IOC Announce Postponement of Tokyo 2020 Olympics
Things have gotten a bit hectic as of recent. Coronavirus has become a global pandemic. The virus has affected several things, including the postponement of schools, major sports, and much more. This past week the Tokyo 2020 Olympics joined the list.
This announcement came after meetings between Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the International Olympics Committee’s (IOC) president Thomas Bach. Hosting such a large event with people from all over the world is a significant risk as of now. Thankfully they were able to realize the potential for this event to spread the disease on a global scale rapidly.
Olympics Expected to Happen in 2021
Japan’s Prime Minister and the IOC’s president announced in a joint statement that this year’s 2020 Tokyo Olympics would most likely take place in 2021. Although no specific date was set, there was mention of hoping for the Olympics to happen no later than the end of next summer.
This is a wise decision by everyone involved. Major countries such as Canada and Australia had already stated that they would not be attending this year’s Olympics if they were not postponed. After concerns from multiple parties, the IOC surveyed its athletes to see how they felt. I assume that the athletes were not thrilled at the thought of moving the Olympics, but hopefully, they realized that it is for everyone’s safety.
It is unfortunate to see a major event like the Olympics postponed. But it would have been quite hazardous to have a gathering with people from all over the world. This could have had the potential to spread the virus significantly. Hopefully, though, things will have calmed down by this time next year, and everyone can get back to enjoying sports of all kinds.
What do you guys think though?
Were you surprised to hear that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics had been postponed, or was this something that you saw coming? Do you agree with Japan and the IOC’s decision to move the Olympics? And when do you expect the games to return?