For the first time ever in history, the Olympic Games have been postponed over the fear of COVID-19 pandemic. In a meeting between the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe and International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach, it has been decided to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games till the summer of 2021.

In a statement released by the IOC, it was mentioned that Abe and Bach decided to reschedule the games to a date after 2020 amid the COVID-19 outbreak. This was done to “safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community”, read the order.

The Olympics is a major sporting event that takes place every four years and that is why it is a big decision. As per reports, the decision was based on data and info by the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the pandemic is “accelerating” and, as of now, there are more than 375,000 cases recorded across the globe.

He also said that this number is only growing by the hour in every country. Till then, the famous Olympic Flame will stay in Japan. Also, the name ‘Tokyo 2020’ will be used whenever the Games will be held. Along with this, the Paralympic Games are also postponed.

The IOC statement reads, “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.”

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