As expected, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the organizers of the Tokyo Olympics decided to reschedule the schedule of the biggest sporting event in the world because of Covid-19.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC), the organizers of the Tokyo Olympics and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed to postpone the Olympics to take place in “the land of the rising sun” after the meeting. Accordingly, the largest sporting event in the world will be rescheduled to 2021 due to the complicated developments of the Covid-19 pandemic. This is the fourth time, the Olympics did not go as planned, after 1916, 1940, 1944 (because of the war).
Last time, the host Japan repeatedly affirmed not to delay the congress, while the athletes as well as the Olympic Committees of other countries called for the opening date of the congress to be delayed.
Because of Covid-19, a series of major tournaments were forced to be postponed, not even scheduled to return. Before the Olympics, another large-scale sporting event, the Euro Football Championship scheduled to be held in the summer of 2020, must also be rescheduled to 2021.
According to the latest updated information, Canada announced its withdrawal from the 2020 Olympics on the grounds of “protecting the athletes’ health against the COVID-19 epidemic”. In addition, Canada will not send athletes to the Paralympic Games, the sports meeting for people with disabilities will take place after the 2020 Olympics.
This decisive move by Canada could be seen as an important turning point for the fate of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. It could create a “domino effect” that many other countries withdraw. Immediately, there is information that Australia is planning similar to Canada.
Previously, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe admitted on March 23 that the Tokyo 2020 Olympics could be delayed. This is the first time Mr. Abe has made such a statement about the Olympics. On March 22, the International Olympic Committee gave a 4-week deadline to decide the fate of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Over the past few days, the host side of Japan has repeatedly defended the point of not postponing the congress, while the athletes as well as the Olympic Committees of other countries called for the opening date of the congress to be delayed.
In a recent statement, Vice President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Juan Antonio Samaranch believes that the 2020 Olympics will not go according to plan, due to Covid-19: “Now life is completely turned upside down, no Just sports, but the whole society. We are actively working to make the right changes in time. However, it is likely that the 2020 Olympics will be postponed. “
Latest Dick Pound, a veteran member of the IOC shared on USAtoday that with the recent move of the IOC, it is almost certain that the 2020 Olympics will be postponed. Meanwhile, many sports stars also share about this ability.
Lolo Jones, legendary American athletics village shared on his personal page: “I am very happy if the Olympics postpone, I have been calling for this for many days. Last time I have received many calls from Athletes who have tried their best to fulfill their dreams of playing at the Olympics but don’t want to risk their health. “