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2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games Postponed until Next Year over Coronavirus Concerns

Tags: Coronavirus, COVID-19, Japan, Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Tokyo.
Posted on 25 March 2020 by "T".

The much anticipated global competition is the biggest sporting event to be affected by the coronavirus pandemic

Much to the dismay of thousands of athletes all over the world, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is yet another global major sporting event that has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

On Tuesday March 24, Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe officially announced that the Tokyo 2020 Olympics have been postponed.

Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee, held a conference call with Abe that Tuesday morning to discuss what should be done, to delay or cancel the games, due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

Due to present circumstances of the increasing viral outbreak and based on the information by the World Health Organization, the IOC President and the Prime Minister of Japan have mutually concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo should be re-scheduled not later than summer 2021, to ensure the health of athletes and all those involved in the Olympic Games and the international community.

Abe said, "Considering the current situation, in regards to the Tokyo Games, as the host nation, in order to ensure that athletes from all over the world are able to compete in their best condition, and also in order to ensure the utmost safety for the spectators, I have asked him to consider postponing the games by about a year."

In a joint statement from the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, "The leaders agreed that the Olympic Games in Tokyo could stand as a beacon of hope to the world during these troubled times and that the Olympic flame could become the light at the end of the tunnel in which the world finds itself at present. Therefore, it was agreed that the Olympic flame will stay in Japan. It was also agreed that the Games will keep the name Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020."

The Olympics is the biggest event yet to be affected by the worldwide pandemic. The games were originally scheduled to run July 24 to August 9, and the Paralympics on August 25 to September 6, 2020.

Even though it will be taking place in 2021, the event will still be called Tokyo 2020.

With athletes unable to train safely, and the calendar of Olympic and Paralympic qualifying events reduced amid lockdowns and travel restrictions, a cancellation or postponement was looming on the horizon.

International Paralympic Committee president Andrew Parsons said that the decision to postpone was the only logical option, "The health and wellbeing of human life must always be our number-one priority and staging a sporting event of any kind during this pandemic is simply not possible."

"Sport is not the most important thing right now, preserving human life is. It is essential, therefore, that all steps are taken to try to limit the spread of this disease. By taking this decision now, everyone involved in the Paralympic movement, including all Para-athletes, can fully focus on their own health and wellbeing and staying safe during this unprecedented and difficult time."

This is the first-ever major disruption to the Olympics since World War II, when the 1944 Summer Olympics was cancelled. The 1916 Summer Olympics to be held in Berlin, German Empire was also cancelled due to the outbreak of World War I. The 1940 Summer and Winter Olympics to be held in Tokyo were also cancelled because of World War II.

The IOC is no stranger to dealing with potential health threats in the past years, but none became so serious that it affected their scheduled timeline. There were concerns about the swine flu before the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, the Zika virus during the 2016 Rio Olympics, and the bird flu ahead of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics.

This is definitely the biggest decision that the world of sports has seen during a time of peace. The decision to move the multi-billion dollar sporting event will have widespread legal, logistical, political and financial ramifications, both in Japan and around the world.

Other than finances, this decision will also cause significant disruptions for athletes, many of whom have set aside college or other opportunities in order to train full-time with the aim of being in top shape in July. Now, they will have to put their training on hold and most likely some unfortunate ones could be forced to give them up ultimately, their Olympic dreams dashed.

The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), which infected more than 380,000 individuals and claimed over 17,000 lives, has forced millions of people all around the world into lockdowns to help curb its spread. Up to now the coronavirus still continues to spread, shutting down entire cities and infecting people in over 160 countries across six continents.


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21 comments for "2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games Postponed until Next Year over Coronavirus Concerns"

 dule-vu25/03/2020 14:19:05 GMT
even they didnt want to admit,now finally they changed decision yesterday and olympic games will be moved on next year,same as football euro!probably one of reasons was that australia and canada said that they will not send their people on games if they will be this year!after them we could expect that many countries will do same,so its better to stop right now everything!
 maragatero25/03/2020 19:34:47 GMT
This year will be remember like "the year that we spend locked up 'or' the suspended year '. All the activities are shutting down, and the matter is growing. The countries or organization who denied the mortal risk is disappearing, except for some stubborn and hardheaded, like Trump, Bolsonaro, and...CALICUL! hahahaha I wish that this wave of terror and stillness is just a bad dream in 2021!
 CALICUL25/03/2020 22:38:27 GMT
It should make things a lot easier now, because some countries, they talk about discovering the vaccine against COVID 19. I hope this thing is true and very useful, because even if it is not a powerful virus, it disturbs almost the entire planet. We will see.
 antonis32126/03/2020 00:55:39 GMT
This is really very sad to me , one more major athletic or sport event to be cancelled or be postponed . I had hoped that they wouldn't make such a decision, unfortunatelly they did . If there could be any chance , any possibility for great sport events such as this to be run and played , even without spectators , only the necessary people in the stadium/field , that would be awesome . Everyone really needs to have some fun , especially with sports events , these home isolation times we live because of this virus . All these cancellations contribute to an even worse psychology and mood . At least the Euro , they should have been able to schedule it and let it happen without
spectators and problems , imo.....
 maragatero26/03/2020 21:27:44 GMT
Well, the covid19 news are more credibles, don´t you think? There are only foolish governments left making bad decisions that affect our amusement. But the black shadow of the possibility of dying obscures our smiles. Perhaps, in a few days we will be grateful with the clever Presidents who take critical desition, privileging people over material interests...who knows!
 CALICUL26/03/2020 23:08:13 GMT
I don't think so and they restrict human liberties. They want to implant a world dictatorship from the point of view of some people and the same thing i believe. Several days have passed and i do not understand what the US Army search in Europe. Very ugly and many competitions have been postponed.
 antonis32127/03/2020 02:45:53 GMT
The Olympics is the greatest celebration for sports , for the athletic spirit , the healthy competition between athletes from all countries in all over the world to achieve the best performance and the gold position . Was it an absolute necessity to postpone it ? I don't know .

Until the 25/7 many things might happen , maybe a decrease in daily deaths and infections , maybe this virus outbreak in these 4 months stops being so infectious and transmittive .

4 months until the day 0 , 3 months period until the 27/6 , one month before the start of the Olympics , to see safely the development of the virus worldwide , why the rush to take such a decision so early ???
 dule-vu27/03/2020 16:04:28 GMT
antonis321 you probably dont know how things work in sports or for olympic games!do you know how many athletes are didnt qualified for this olympic games and how many of them dont have time for training now?so there will be no time to qualify and train,so this cant be fair for everybody!especially now when some countries dont want to send their athletes in japan!
 CALICUL28/03/2020 00:01:56 GMT
The New World Order with politicians are guilty of this coronavirus and because of that: the lives of hundreds of millions of people it was badly affected. We cannot hope for something good, because plans of these nullities who rule this world cannot be stopped, unless people come together against them.
 antonis32128/03/2020 03:07:19 GMT
Posted by dule-vu:
antonis321 you probably dont know how things work in sports or for olympic games!do you know how many athletes are didnt qualified for this olympic games and how many of them dont have time for training now?so there will be no time to qualify and train,so this cant be fair for everybody!especially now when some countries dont want to send their athletes in japan!

Maybe I don't know Smile I just say what I would love to see these days of restrictions and isolation , the Olympics or Euro2020 are definetely some of these events . You know , that would show us that life goes on in the society without total FEAR or PANIC , most of all we would have some more fun with these sport events . Football leagues' game are postponed , their future is unknown , so many cancellations , NBA issuspended .. Things aren't going so well . Anyway , if they could schedule some athletic events without funs and with the best protection for athletes , it would be cool . If it's impossible , for health or financial reasons , they should do what they must do ..... Smile
 dule-vu28/03/2020 17:19:15 GMT
from our point now,ofcourse we would like to watch anything,any sport,no matter do we have fans or not,but it would be very strange ofcourse!with this kind of big competitions,its just big money there,countries invested lot of money,made stadiums and everything else and athletes just prepare for it,they will not have time!for olympic games you prepare for 4 years!
 CALICUL29/03/2020 01:18:50 GMT
I read that there was great pressure when more countries wanted to postpone the Olympics games. Covid 19 put many fear in people and everything changed. The justice is on the side of the athletes because some of the players of Juventus have been infected with the COVID-19 virus: Daniele Rugani, Blaise Matuidi and Paulo Dybala. The risk is high and that's how it happened with this postponement.
 antonis32129/03/2020 02:06:46 GMT
Most of the athletes who participate in every Olympics , the rest of the time/months/years compete in their country , local region or continental races , games , athletic competitions and events .
But the Olympics is the geatest event of all 4 years for them , the worldwide sport event for which the prepare to give their best performance and result for 4 years , if they win the gold they will have fame for ever , new or more/far more sponsors and income , respect in their countries and not only . All other events in which they participate are far subordinate .
Few athletes have only very few and unimportant other major events to participate (because their sport is infamous or whatever) between the summer or winter Olympics .

So the postponement of the Olympics hurt so much these athletes , it's not sure they will have the same performance or that they will be fine and healthy next year , also they get older , some might not be able to participate at all because of age ....

Other atletes in famous sports with high or very high income , like soccer or basketball players don't worry so much or don't care at all for this postponement , the Olympics is subordinate to everything else they do and not important for their income , maybe the Olympics is just a chore they wish they didn't have to do ... They only care for their league games , waiting eagerly for them to start again .
 Mober29/03/2020 13:32:05 GMT
While stressing it for no reason. Especially in this section, you cant say,
everything is ok today and tomorrow we are back, participating in the olympics.
I bet everyt athlete has missed already an important part of their training.
How many of the athletes can exercise in full in the safety of their home?
For sure, not the swimmers Smile
 dule-vu29/03/2020 17:51:14 GMT
Posted by antonis321:
like soccer or basketball players

ha,ha,cant stop laughing how you call football-soccer,like you are from america Big Smile ,even we know how crazy football history your country have and what clubs and fans can make,especially fans!
but you are right about football and basketball players,they will not care so much,as will atheltes who are in "small" sports and dont earn so much money!
 antonis32130/03/2020 00:18:28 GMT
dule-vu , I use the word football almost always , but sometimes I use the word soccer , not many times but yes , sometimes . Americans use most of the times this word ?? I didn't know it Smile

Yes , '' fans '' here , if you can call most of them fans and not hooligans Blink , are very crazy and aggressive , you might go to a stadium just to see a match , and leave with your head broken or get beaten lol . They might cause troubles also in european leagues matches , such as the champions league , although the punishment there is severe for this kind of behavior (in the stadium , cause outside they dgaf , even if sb dies ....) . Some of these ''fans'' are really very dangerour , yet they and their ''clubs'' enjoy the protection of the state for many reasons .... Anyway , this happens in many countries , but in Greece the problem is somehow bigger ......

If I go to a stadium nowadays , i want seats far away from these hysterical fans , just watch the macth and be safe Smile Ofcourse I am not a saint , when I was very young I did some things , very few and not of importance just for fun , but they are nothing and peanuts in comparison to what most fans , fanatics or even worse hooligans do Smile

Now football players wait for leagues to start again , I don't know in what physical condition all of them will be when all games start again Question .
Olympic postponement is devastating for most of these athletes who have been qualified to participate in this event . Time will show the real consequences of this decision to postpone this event for them and the Olympics ...
 dule-vu30/03/2020 18:33:28 GMT
you didnt know that for them football is american football (like rugby) and soccer is our football?cant believe!
yeah,I know lot of things from greece football,especially about olympiakos,because they are brother club with my Red Star,also delije and gate7!
nobody cant prepare for next match or olympic games,when nobody know when it will start and you need at least one month to go back in shape!
 antonis32130/03/2020 22:19:51 GMT
No dule-vu , I didn't know Smile i thought football or soccer are words being used for this sport all over the world , in every country , the one word or the other Smile

You are right , Olympiacos and Red Star are brother clubs , whenever they play between them , their fans are together in the streets , the squares , in common marches , they are together . Ofcourse the victory is always the only outcome these teams seek for , when playing against each other , like always , like with eevry other team , but then the defeat might not be so painfull Smile
It's very good to see that such brother clubs exist in Europe or in the rest of the world , this friendship and proximity among fans from different countries , for one sport or all sports Smile
 dule-vu31/03/2020 18:45:17 GMT
yeah,americans must be special,so they call football as their american football and soccer for normal football,that whole world know what is football!
yeah,lot of clubs from serbia are brother club with some club from russia and greece,same as fans!
as we can see who know will we watch any sport in next two or three months!
 antonis32102/04/2020 07:06:33 GMT
dule-vu , I find it very strang e, maybe rediculous , all the world to call this sport football and the Americans to call it socer , and use the word football for thei kind of Americn football , they should have cjosen another word . I also don't like America ''football'' , or rugby .....

So many cancellations and postponements of athletic events .

The leagues stop their games , their future is uncertain .

I registered in 365.gr yesterday , I saw no events at all , only one two chinese if I remember correctly . Not only in football , but in other well known sportds . Football events today/this week ?? Belorussia , Nicaragua , and ofcourse ... Tajikistan Big Smile

Ful of esports and virtual or fantasy games nowadays . but no real sport event ..

I remember the past months/years , when I could open one of these sportbetting sites and see inumerable sport events , choices to bet , live streamings , now they are almost dead . Thanks God they have casino games or else they would starve , lol Also online poker . Smile

bet365.gr added poker , although in the past it did.t have . But I saw only cash games !!!! no tournaments (or sngs or spins or whatever else ) !!! . '' Fast rake and take your money easily/fast , cause we don't have any or many profits by other means except for casino '' ?? Very strange , cause bet365.gr is part of bet365.com , which has evrything else (tournaments , sngs ,also freerolls ) . Why they offer only cash games ?? I won't play for sure these '' cash games '', I don't like this kind of ''sneaky games'' with players and their deposits , F them . I 'll see in 15 days or one month if they add tournaments , or else I unregister and delete this page , password , everything from my chrome (and my pc ) ....
 dule-vu02/04/2020 19:30:11 GMT
yeah,americans are always special in everything!they think that this is football,even most of play they play with hands,but ok!so they wanted another word for normal football!its same like they call world series for final in MLB or some other sports!how the hell its world,when its only in america?!no matter that this is best league on world in baseball or basketball,you cant call world series,its not world club championship!
and about poker,probably they are new on market and they didnt set up tournaments,maybe they dont how many players would play it!

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