The Tokyo Olympics have been postponed. The IOC, in agreement with the Japanese Premier, the governor of Tokyo and the president of the organizing committee, has decided to move the Olympic Games. The Olympics will not be held from 24 July to 9 August 2020, but will be held in the summer of 2021.
The denomination will be the same. They will be Tokyo 2020 Olympics even if they will be played in 2021. Novak Djokovic took to social media to show a pair of shoes in the colours of the Olympic rings with 'Tokyo 2020' written on them.
"Took this photo last year in Japan," he wrote. "I’m sad the @olympics are postponed, but I am sure it‘s the right decision for the collective health of everyone involved. Let’s look forward to Tokyo Olympics 2021."
IOC President Thomas Bach revealed the Olympics could take place in spring: "We have to see with them what the options are. After having consulted with them we also have to take into account the sporting calendar around the Olympic Games and many many other issues.
We should come to a solution as soon as possible, but first priority should be the quality of the decision, to really be able to take the input of all stakeholders into account. The agreement is that we want to organise these Games at the latest in the summer 2021.
This is not restricted just to the summer months. All the options are on the table including the summer 2021. We could not manage such a postponement without the support of Japan. We had at the very beginning of this crisis a clear focus on the development in Japan, where we had always to evaluate whether Japan would be in a position to offer a safe environment for every participant.
This focus then shifted more and more to the international world because we could see on the one hand the progress being made in Japan fighting the virus and the efficiency of the measures being taken. We also had to see on the other side that the virus was spreading so rapidly that it became more and more a question whether the world could travel to Japan and whether Japan could afford, in the spirit of containing the virus, to really invite the world”.