For the first time ever in record, the Olympic Games have been rescheduled over the fear of COVID-19 pandemic. In a meeting among Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe and International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach, it has been decided to reschedule the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games till the summer of 2021.
In a report released by the IOC, it was stated that Abe and Bach decided to reschedule the games to a date after 2020 amid the COVID-19 outburst. This was done to “safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community”, read the order.
The Olympics is a most important sporting event that takes place every four years and that is why it is a big choice. As per reports, the verdict was based on data and info by the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told that the pandemic is “accelerating” and, as of now, there are more than 375,000 cases documented across the globe.
After his telephone talks with IOC President Bach, PM Abe spoke to the press and explained that the two have agreed that the Tokyo Olympic Games would not be cancelled, and the games will be held by the summer of 2021. pic.twitter.com/ihe8To2g3R
— PM's Office of Japan (@JPN_PMO) March 24, 2020
He also said that this number is only increasing by the hour in every country. Till then, the legendary Olympic Flame will stay in Japan. Also, the name ‘Tokyo 2020’ will be used when the Games will be held. Along with this, the Paralympic Games are also rescheduled.
The IOC statement reads, “The leaders agreed that the Olympic Games in Tokyo could stand as a beacon of hope to the world during these troubled times and that the Olympic flame could become the light at the end of the tunnel in which the world finds itself at present. Therefore, it was agreed that the Olympic flame will stay in Japan.”