It has been confirmed by an International Olympic Committee (IOC) official and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are postponed for at least a year. This is a direct consequence of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that has gripped the globe. Prior to the postponement, Canada and Germany had already gone public with their desire to boycott the games due to the coronavirus pandemic that has engulfed the globe. With the 2020 Olympics postponed, many are wondering, have the Olympics ever been delayed in the past?
🚨 OLYMPICS STATUS UPDATE!— The Bridge (@TheBridge_IN) March 24, 2020
"I think the one-year postponement is the most feasible because it gives you the most time to organise"
- Senior IOC Official Dick Pound#Olympics2021
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So finally the IOC has decided to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Olympics due to the #covid19 pandemic.— Shahnon Salleh (@shahnonsalleh) March 24, 2020
Trivia: This is not the first time. 80 years ago, the 1940 Olympics - in Tokyo - was cancelled because of the World War II. pic.twitter.com/yHNSG2lQEi
Olympics 2021 is the fourth time that the quadrennial has been delayed due to various reasons. The other three times that the Olympics were delayed were due to World War I and World War II. On all three occasions, the Olympics were cancelled due to global wars. The three occasions on which the Olympics were called off in the past are:
Coronavirus latest:— Bloomberg (@business) March 24, 2020
• Confirmed cases top 383,000
• 16,595 deaths worldwide
• Spain reports 514 dead in 24 hours
• Germany weighs stimulus plan
* Australia shuts malls, restricts weddings
• IOC member says Olympics will be postponed https://t.co/IQKPItaXJN
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