Tokyo 2020 Olympics Postponed due to COVID-19: Where Do we go From Here?

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Tokyo Skytree advertises the Tokyo 2020 Olympics which have since been postponed.

After months of speculation, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe released a joint statement confirming that the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be postponed. The announcement comes two days before the Japan section of the Olympic Torch relay was to start in Fukushima.

So, what happened?

Given the IOC’s previously adamant defense against any postponement or cancellation rumors, this is a pretty big backflip. With both Canada and Australia refusing to send their athletes to Japan for the Olympic games due to the global COVID-19 outbreak, however, there was really no other option.

Postponing the games seemed inevitable as coronavirus infection rates continued to grow rapidly in the USA, Italy, and other corners of Europe.

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Pop Idol Group Kashima Mikoreena count down the days until the 2020 Olympics near Kashima Stadium which was due to host some of the games.

This is a historical decision as only three Olympic games have ever been canceled since the birth of the modern Olympics. The 1916, 1940, and 1944 Olympics were all canceled due to wars.

In general, Tokyo seems to have bad luck when it comes to the Olympics. The city was also meant to hold the 1940 summer event, meaning that Tokyo is now the host of 40% of Olympic games that didn’t happen.

When will the Tokyo 2020 Olympics be held?

The short answer about when the games will happen is that there’s no concrete date as of yet. Abe said following his phone meeting with IOC President Thomas Bach last night that the pair “agreed to hold the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in the summer of 2021 at the latest.

A statement released by the IOC tried to put a positive spin on the …continue reading