March 24th, 2020: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the International Olympic Committee have agreed that the Tokyo Olympics will be held by the summer of 2021.
Canada was the first country to announce it wouldn’t be sending athletes to this year’s Olympics due to risks associated with the coronavirus pandemic.
In the present circumstances and based on the information provided by the WHO today, the IOC President and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded 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 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.