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Tokyo 2020: Olympic Games organisers 'agree postponement'

Organisers agreed to a one-year postponement because of the coronavirus.

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• Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the International Olympic Committee had agreed to the delay.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives to talk to the journalists in front of the prime minister's residence in Tokyo, Japan March 24, 2020 after a phone call with IOC President Thomas Bach on postponing the Olympic Games amid growing concerns over the coronavirus. Charly Triballeau/Pool via REUTERS
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives to talk to the journalists in front of the prime minister's residence in Tokyo, Japan March 24, 2020 after a phone call with IOC President Thomas Bach on postponing the Olympic Games amid growing concerns over the coronavirus. Charly Triballeau/Pool via REUTERS

The organisers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, due to begin on 24 July, have agreed to a one-year postponement of the event because of the global coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the International Olympic Committee had agreed to the delay.

 
 

"I proposed to postpone for about a year and [IOC] president Thomas Bach responded with 100% agreement," Abe said.

 

A one-year delay would also apply to the Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Prime Minister Abe added: "This will make it possible for athletes to play in the best condition, and will make the event a safe and secure one for spectators."

The agreement comes as the British Olympic Association (BOA) was meeting on Tuesday to discuss the matter.

BOA chairman Hugh Robertson had already said Great Britain was unlikely to send a team to Tokyo this summer.


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