The Olympics postponed to 2021, is official. The IOC announced this with a statement after the news anticipated by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The Olympics will retain the name of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, as reported by the governor of the Japanese capital.
Next year's games "will testify to the defeat of the virus," said Prime Minister Abe. Meanwhile, the Olympic flame will remain in Japan, where it was due to leave Fukushima on Thursday. The decision came after the video conference between the Japanese government and the president of the IOC, Thomas Bach, to decide together the future of the 2020 Olympic Games.
They were joined by Mori Yoshiro, President of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee; the Olympic minister, Hashimoto Seiko; Tokyo governor Koike Yuriko; the chairman of the IOC coordination commission, John Coates; the IOC Director General, Christophe De Kepper and the IOC Olympic Games Executive Director, Christophe Dubi.
A few minutes after the announcement, Stan Wawrinka posted a picture of him and Federer smiling with the words: "See you in 2021! #olympics #greatmemories #goldmedal #seeyou #2021 #stayhome #staysafe." ITF president David Haggerty added: “The global health situation continues to evolve at an extraordinary pace and we are faced with an unprecedented situation that calls for responsible leadership and making informed decisions.
Whilst this is a bitter disappointment for all those who have been preparing and training hard, we all understand that the protection of human life, health and safety, comes first. The ITF supports this decision and will continue to collaborate fully with the IOC and the IPC going forward to 2021.
We look forward to seeing all athletes, volunteers and fans when it is safe for us to meet and participate at our best at the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020”.