Prior to this year, the Olympics have never been postponed or cancelled for anything other than war, but never have we witness the world come to a sudden pause like it has during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The International Olympic Committee and Tokyo Olympic organizers agreed to move the Tokyo Games to 2021.https://t.co/sZb1xdKnaP
— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) March 24, 2020
On Tuesday, Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and IOC President Thomas Bach agreed to postpone the Olympics to a later date in 2021. Whenever the official date is set for the Olympic games to resume, the event will still be called the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. The flame will also remain stored and displayed in Fukushima.
The World Health Organization discussed the “accelerating” pandemic with both parties on Tuesday. It is reported that there are now over 390,000 confirmed cases on COVID-19 worldwide, with more than 17,000 deaths. At this point, nearly every country has been impacted.