Thursday, 01 October, 2020

International Olympic Committee hopes to agree new Tokyo Olympics date 'as soon as possible'

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Cary Erickson | 25 March, 2020, 17:23

The Tokyo Olympics are officially postponed until next year.

The Olympic Flame will remain in Japan and the name Tokyo 2020 will be used regardless of when the Games will be held.

Olympic organisers have finally seen sense as Canada and Australia withdrew from competing, many countries closed their borders and were placed in lockdown, and pressure increased from the respective athlete communities to postpone the Games.

Japanese Prime Minister Abe says International Olympic Committee president has agreed "100%" to proposal of postponing Olympics for about 1 year. Tokyo 2020 would mark the first time for the Olympics to be postponed, but there's still a sliver of hope that they won't turn into the Tokyo 2021 Olympics, as during their conference Abe and Bach shared their commitment to holding the event in the summer of next year at the latest.

"I believe that the Games must stay in their place". He 100 per cent agrees with me.

The decision came after the video conference between the Japanese government and the president of the IOC, Thomas Bach, to decide together the future of the 2020 Olympic Games.

The New Zealand Olympic Committee released a statement in the wake of the announcement, supporting the decision that was reached.

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"Continuing to pursue the dream of the Tokyo 2020 Games happening this year does not make sense; postponement is the only logical option", IPC chairman Andrew Parsons said on the committee's website. "We know they are adaptable and resilient, and they understand that this decision is necessary to ensure a fair field of play and protect the health of both athletes and the wider global".

"We are really advancing on our own preparation plan".

Bach said a task force called "Here We Go" had been set up, with members drawn from the IOC's co-ordination commission and the Tokyo 2020 organising committee.

"We are advancing on our schedule independently of that of Tokyo".

On Monday, Pound had told USA Today that, "On the basis of the information the International Olympic Committee has, postponement has been decided".

The postponement is a blow to Japan. This may run into the hundreds of millions.

Top American Olympic cyclists are voicing support for the decision to delay the Tokyo Olympic Games.