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Tokyo 2020 Olympics will postponed until 2021 due to coronavirus pandemic

International Olympic Committee IOC and Tokyo Olympic organizers has agreed that 2020 Olympics will be postponed by one year due to the Coronavirus {COVID-19.} pandemic.

Both leaders  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 due to information provided by the World Health Organization.

Olympic flame will stay in Japan “to stand as a beacon of hope to the world during these troubled times” and the flame would become a “light at the end of the tunnel”. The IOC added

On Monday, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee joined the list of National Olympic Committees, including those from Canada and Australia, urging for postponement.

The modern Olympics, first held in Athens in 1896, have only ever been canceled for World War I (1916) and World War II (1940 and 1944).

During the Games, terror attacks at the 1972 Munich Olympics postponed events for one day. The 1996 Atlanta Centennial Olympic Park bombing delayed some events to later that day, Olympic historian Bill Mallon said.

 

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