Man walks in front of the Giant Olympic rings at the waterfront area at Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo. Photo: ReutersThe Tokyo Olympics were postponed on Tuesday (local time) to 2021, the first such delay in the Games' 124-year modern history, as the coronavirus crisis wrecked the world's last sporting showpiece still standing this year. After a call between Bach and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, both said the July 24-Aug. 9 Games would move to summer 2021 at the latest in a hoped-for celebration of triumph over the pandemic. Though it was the first Olympics' postponement, the Games were cancelled outright three times during the last century's two World Wars. IOC boss Bach is also in a tricky situation, after his repeated statements that the Games were on track brought a backlash from athletes and some national Olympic committees.
Source: Otago Daily Times March 24, 2020 15:45 UTC