In an unsurprising move, the International Olympic Committee has agreed to delay the Summer Olympic Games scheduled to begin in Tokyo this summer on July 24 to sometime next year.
With the coronavirus pandemic raging around the world, the IOC President Thomas Bach and the Prime Minister of Japan Abe Shinzo finally decided that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo could not happen this summer and will be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but no later than summer 2021. The decision was made 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 Olympic delay marks another cancellation of major sporting events which have included the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments this month and all other NCAA spring sports. Virtually all other professional sports have been suspended due to the virus including Major League Baseball (MLB), National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Hockey League (NHL).