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24 Mar 2020
Coronavirus: Tokyo Olympic Games postponed to 2021

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games have been postponed until 2021, following talks between International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and key members of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee (TOCOG).

In a statement, Abe said the pair had established that cancelling the Games entirely was "out of the question", but that putting the event back by a year was the "right thing to do".

The decision marks a significant U-turn in Bach's stance and comes just days after the IOC chief claimed it was too early to call the Games off as there was still "more than four months" before its intended start date.

In a joint statement, the IOC and TOCOG said: "In the present circumstances and based on the information provided by the World Health Organisation today, 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 leaders agreed that the Olympic Games in Tokyo could stand as a beacon of hope to the world during these troubled times – and that the Olympic flame could become the light at the end of the tunnel in which the world finds itself at present.

"Therefore, it was agreed that the Olympic flame will stay in Japan. It was also agreed that the Games will keep the name Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020."

The decision was made amid increasing pressure over the past few days, with a number of athletes, national Olympic committees and sports governing bodies to reschedule the Games due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.

While the Games will now be held "no later than summer 2021", the exact date of the event hasn't yet been confirmed.

Earlier this month, TOCOG announced that all the venues for the Olympics had been completed on time after work on the Aquatics Centre was finished in February.


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31 Mar 2020
Expo 2020 Dubai likely to postpone until 2021 due to COVID-19 outbreak
Expo 2020 Dubai has announced that it will likely postpone the event by a year in the wake of the COVD-19 outbreak.
26 Mar 2020
BALPPA moves annual expo to November
The British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions (BALPPA) has postponed its upcoming expo and tradeshow in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
25 Mar 2020
‘Heal the world’ – Deepak Chopra calls us all to action with global meditation event
Deepak Chopra’s wellness company – Chopra – has partnered with The Well to unite people in a call to action to stay home and have hope through a free live-streamed global meditation event called H(om)e.
25 Mar 2020
Leisure-net founder, Mike Hill, offering Active-net delegates free vegan pizza
Delegates who were supposed to be attending the annual Active-net event this week – but instead find themselves in a lockdown – are being offered a free lift-me-up in the form of free pizza.
23 Mar 2020
Joe Wicks' Youtube PE lesson goes global – attracts 2.3m views in first nine hours
A live workout streamed on YouTube, which looks to help keep families active during the coronavirus outbreak, has gone global.
19 Mar 2020
Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games still on despite growing concerns
Japanese officials and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have said that the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games "would go ahead as planned", despite the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.
17 Mar 2020
Coronavirus: UEFA postpones Euro 2020 by 12 months
Football's European governing body UEFA has postponed its flagship national team competition, Euro 2020, by a year.
16 Mar 2020
The WELL Conference reschedules 2020 event due to coronavirus
Organisers of the WELL Conference have decided to delay the industry event until 16-19 August 2020 due to coronavirus.
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