COVID-19: Tokyo 2020 Olympics postponed until 2021

Youths Digest – The 2020 Tokyo Olympics have been postponed to no later than the summer of 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe , the International Olympic Committee announced Tuesday.

The Games were scheduled for July 24- August 9 , but after telephone discussions between IOC president Thomas Bach and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe , a historic joint decision was taken for the first postponement of an Olympics in peacetime.

Abe had earlier said Bach was in “100 percent agreement ” when Japan asked the IOC to push back the Games.

The IOC had come under mounting pressure in recent days to postpone the world ’ s biggest sporting event , with teams , athletes and sports bodies all calling for a delay.

The postponement comes after top federations announced they would pull out of the Tokyo Games, the highest -profile event to be affected by a virus that has decimated the sporting calendar.

Around 1 . 7 billion people across the world are in lockdown to prevent the further spread of a virus which according to an AFP tally has killed over 16 , 200 people and infected more than 377 , 000.