TOKYO — For the first time in Olympic history the summer games will be postponed for about one year.
On Tuesday, the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach agreed "100 percent" to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Games because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, according to the Associated Press. This decision comes just two days after the IOC said they would take four weeks to make a decision about postponing the 2020 Summer Olympics.
Abe said he had telephone talks with Bach and requested that the games be postponed for about one year “taking into consideration the current circumstances” and so Olympic athletes can compete under proper circumstances.
No date has been set for opening ceremonies in 2021.