Coronavirus: Tokyo Olympics Officially Postponed to 2021
Several countries had been hesitant to send their athletes for the sporting spectacle in the wake of the coronavirus crisis
One more big event - in fact, the biggest of them all - has fallen victim to the Coronavirus pandemic. In a statement, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that the Tokyo Olympics will be postponed to 2021. For the last few weeks, the IOC has been deferring the decision on the sporting spectacle. However, with more and more nations joining the clamour to postpone the event, it seems the IOC has been left with no choice. A couple of days ago, Canada and Australia declared they wouldn't risk sending their atheletes to the Olympics if it is held.
The official Twitter account of the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe wrote, 'After his telephone talks with IOC President Bach, PM Abe spoke to the press and explained that the two have agreed that the Tokyo Olympics would not be cancelled and the games will be held by the summer of 2021.
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
The Olympics is perhaps the most significant event to be affected this year following the outbreak of the virus. Last week two huge and important entertainment events - the Met Gala and the Cannes Film Festival - were cancelled without any dates given. This will undoubtedly have a further impact on a doddering financial situation the world over.
The 2020 Olympics was scheduled to be held from July 24 onwards. But with the athelete and public health concerns rising, there was perhaps no way that an event of this scale could have been held.
In the UAE too, several important events have been cancelled including Fashion Forward.
The Coronavirus pandemic, that originated in China, has now spread across the world with most countries in lockdown mode.