Home Sports Tokyo Olympics 2020 Delayed For A Year

Tokyo Olympics 2020 Delayed For A Year

Amid increasing pressure the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 and Paralympic Games 2020 have been postponed until next year.

The showpiece of world sport will not go ahead ‘no later than summer 2021’.

The only other times the Olympic Games have been cancelled since the inaugural modern event in Athens, Greece, in 1896, was due to war.

In 1916, the Games due in Berlin were called off during the First World War.

The same happened in the Second World War. Coincidentally, the Tokyo Games 1940 were abandoned along with the London Games in 1944.

Postponement only option

In a joint statement, the organisers of Tokyo 2020 and the International Olympic Committee said: “The unprecedented and unpredictable spread of the outbreak has seen the situation in the rest of the world deteriorating.

“The director general of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that the Covid-19 pandemic is ‘accelerating’.

“There are more than 375,000 cases now recorded worldwide and in nearly every country, and their number is growing by the hour.

“In the present circumstances and based on the information provided by the WHO, the IOC president and the prime minister of Japan have concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community.”

The IOC and Japanese government have stalled on making the decision to postpone, but caved in after pressure from the Us, UK, Canada, Australia and other nations who said they would pull out if the Tokyo Games 2020 opened as planned on July 24.

Paralympics 2020 off

International Paralympic Committee president Andrew Parson said postponement was the only 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,” he said.

“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.”

Farid Shojaei
Farid Shojaei
Farid was born in Tehran but his family immigrated to Germany when he was 7. He finished his elementary and secondary schools in Germany but he returned to Iran on 2007. Shojaei attended the Shiraz University to study economics. A year after he became a volunteer writer of Pars Herald. On 2009 he joined the group in full time. His guidelines for the group were excellent and he was admired by other reporters in the country. City: Shiraz Phone Number: +989356998914 Email: Farid {at} ParsHerald.com Name in Persian: فرید شجاعی

Stay Connected


Must Read

Huachuma – A Guide to the Plant Medicine San Pedro

Huachuma also known traditionally as The San Pedro Cactus, can be found throughout the Andes Mountains as they stretch across the South American countries...

Huachuma – A Guide to the Plant Medicine San Pedro

Huachuma also known traditionally as The San Pedro Cactus, can be found throughout the Andes Mountains as they stretch across the South American countries...

How Safe Is A Visit To The Caribbean?

Expats, tourists and business people visiting the Caribbean may well worry about their safety after a seemingly endless series of warnings and alerts over...

Periodic Table Is Elementary For Scientists

Scientists are in their element as they celebrate the 150thanniversary of the periodic table. The table has tortured physics and chemistry students trying to learn...

Related News

Trade Truce Is A Contrast To Trump’s Protectionism

Japan and the European Union are signing off on a trade truce that cancels most of the tariffs on imported goods and services between...

Semenya Loses Race To Overturn Athletics Ban

Olympic champion Caster Semenya has failed in her bid to throw out a plan to lower testosterone levels in female runners. The South African 800m...

Farewell Usain Bolt – A Sporting Legend And Superstar

Sprinting legend Usain Bolt has passed the finish line for the final time in a sensational record-breaking career. Bolt is the fastest man ever to...

Would You Believe It – A Skyscraper Built From Timber

Japanese architects have a crazy plan to build the world’s tallest wooden skyscraper reaching more than 1,100 feet into the heavens. Only the steel heart...

Russian Sporting Ban That’s Really A Let Off

The World Anti-Doping Agency is seemingly a watchdog with a fearsome bark but no real teeth after the small print of the ban on...


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here