Olympics Delayed to 2021

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Japan is delaying the 2020 Olympics until next year. 

The president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, and the Prime Minister of Japan, Abe Shinzo, held a conference call Tuesday morning to discuss the situation as it relates to COVID-19 and the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

In what is described as a very friendly and constructive meeting, the two leaders praised the work of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and noted the great progress being made in Japan to fight against COVID-19.

According to a release from the IOC, 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 would stay in Japan. It was also agreed that the Games will keep the name Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.

It was agreed 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 Canadian Olympic and Paralympics committees announced on Sunday that Canadian athletes would not be attending the games if they weren’t postponed.