The dates of the Summer Olympic Games will be postponed by one year due to the coronavirus pandemic. This became known after negotiations between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the head of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, which lasted about 45 minutes.
Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo Yoshiro Mori, Governor of Tokyo Yuriko Koike and Minister of the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games Affairs Seiko Hashimoto also took part in the conversation.
“I proposed to postpone the Olympics by one year,” said Abe, who is quoted by NHK Television and Radio. According to the Japanese politician, Thomas Bach fully supported his idea. The head of the Japanese government noted that the Olympics will be held no later than the summer of 2021, and there is no talk about cancelling the competition.
Earlier, IOC member Dick Pound told the American newspaper The USA Today that the fate of the Olympics in Tokyo has been decided. “The next steps have not been determined yet, but I know for sure that the Games will not start on July 24,” he told reporters. After those words, Japanese Cabinet Secretary General Yoshihide Suga explained that Japanese authorities had not received any information by IOC decision.