Tokyo Olympics 2020

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games have been postponed until next year because of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.

The event, due to begin on 24 July, will now take place “no later than summer 2021”, the International Olympic Committee confirmed.

“I proposed to postpone for a year and [IOC] president Thomas Bach responded with 100% agreement,” Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said.

The Tokyo Paralympic Games will also be postponed until 2021.

Prime Minister Abe added: “This will make it possible for athletes to play in the best condition, and will make the event a safe and secure one for spectators.”

In 2013, Tokyo beat Madrid (Spain) and Istanbul (Turkey) to the hosting rights.

The postponement of the world’s largest sporting event came after numerous other delays or cancellations in Japan and around the world. This month, most sporting events and leagues all over the world have been postponed to later dates.