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Olympics Will Go On Despite Coronavirus in 2021, IOC Vice President Says

The 2020 Summer Olympic Games won’t be postponed again, IOC Vice President John Coates shared with press.

Despite the IOC President Yoshiro Mori for the Toyko Games saying that the game could be cancelled if the coronavirus pandemic is still a threat, Mr. Coates is saying the opposite.

“It will take place with or without COVID,” he shared during his interview. “The games will start on July 23 next year. The games were going to be, their theme, the Reconstruction Games after the devastation of the tsunami. Now very much these will be the games that conquered COVID, the light at the end of the tunnel.”

Originally scheduled to take place beginning in July, the 2020 Games were postponed by a year and are set to kick off in summer of 2021.

See the official new dates for the athletic games here…

Olympics Will Be Cancelled If Coronavirus Is Still a Problem in 2021

The 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan were postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic currently effecting numerous countries around the globe.

While they were supposed to take place beginning in July of this year, they have been officially postponed until the summer of 2021.

However, we’re now learning that if Coronavirus is still a global issue come next year, the games could be cancelled alltogether.

“The Olympics were canceled in the past for problems like war. We are fighting against an invisible enemy now,” Yoshiro Mori, the Tokyo 2020 president, said in a new interview (via People). “The Olympics would be much more valuable than any Olympics in the past if we could go ahead with them after winning this battle. We have to believe this otherwise our hard work and efforts will not be rewarded.”

He was then asked if Coronavirus was still a problem, would the games continue, and he said, “No. It will be canceled then.”

Summer Olympics 2020 Officially Rescheduled - See the New Dates

The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan have officially been postponed until July 2021 and new dates have been revealed.

The new games will run from July 23, 2021 until August 8, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.

“These new dates give the health authorities and all involved in the organization of the Games the maximum time to deal with the constantly changing landscape and the disruption…” the organizers said in a statement. “The new dates, exactly one year after those originally planned for 2020, also have the added benefit that any disruption that the postponement will cause to the international sports calendar can be kept to a minimum, in the interests of the athletes and the (international federations). Additionally, they will provide sufficient time to finish the qualification process. The same heat mitigation measures as planned for 2020 will be implemented.”

Find out the six other times the Olympics have been cancelled or postponed.

2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo Postponed 1 Year

The 2020 Summer Olympics, which were originally scheduled to kick off on July 24 in Tokyo, Japan, have been officially postponed one year.

The announcement was made yesterday that the games would have to be postponed based on what is happening health-wise around the world.

Now, Prime Minister Abe Shinzo revealed he proposed a one year proposal to 2021, which was accepted.

“I proposed to postpone for about a year and (IOC) president [Thomas] Bach responded with 100% agreement,” the Prime Minister said.

Before this announcement was even made, two countries said they would not send athletes to the games if they were still held in 2020.

Summer 2020 Olympics in Tokyo Will Be Postponed, Official Reveals

Veteran International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Dick Pound has revealed that the 2020 Summer Olympics, planned to take place in July and August in Tokyo, Japan, have officially been postponed due to the worldwide illness the world is currently facing.

“On the basis of the information the IOC has, postponement has been decided,” Dick told USA Today. “The parameters going forward have not been determined, but the Games are not going to start on July 24, that much I know.”

“It will come in stages,” he said about plans going forward. “We will postpone this and begin to deal with all the ramifications of moving this, which are immense.” It’s unclear if the games will be postponed until 2021.

Canada and Australia pulled out of the Olympics this week due to the ongoing worldwide illness.

Earlier this month, organizers said it would still go on.

Canada & Australia Pull Out of 2020 Olympics in Tokyo

Amid the dangerous health ramifications currently happening across the world, Canada and Australia have both pulled out of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) announced the news in a statement, saying, “This is not solely about athlete health – it is about public health…it is not safe for our athletes, and the health and safety of their families and the broader Canadian community for athletes to continue training towards these Games. In fact, it runs counter to the public health advice which we urge all Canadians to follow.”

The statement continued to urge the Olympics committee to postpone the games until 2021.

Australia followed suit, saying, “our athletes now need to prioritize their own health and of those around them, and to be able to return to the families.”

“It’s clear the Games can’t be held in July,” Ian Chesterman, Australian Team Chef de Mission for Tokyo, added. “Our athletes have been magnificent in their positive attitude to training and preparing, but the stress and uncertainty has been extremely challenging for them.”

The games are supposed to start on July 24 and wrap up on August 9.

Find out what the Olympics organizers had to say about whether or not a cancellation would be possible.

Olympics Organizers Are Deciding Whether to Postpone Tokyo 2020 Summer Games

The 2020 Summer Olympics are possibly going to be put on hold.

The International Olympics Committee will “take a month to decide” whether the massive global event will go on as planned, Variety reported on Sunday (March 22).

In an announcement, the committee revealed they will mull over scenarios that “relate to modifying existing operational plans for the Games to go ahead on 24 July 2020, and also for changes to the start date of the Games.”

They also said “a cancellation of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 would not solve any of the problems or help anybody. Therefore, cancellation is not on the agenda.”

In addition to affecting the athletes, the absence of the games would present a programming challenge: “Comcast, which has the rights to show the Games in the United States has been counting on hundreds of hours of coverage of swimming, archery and trampoline gymnastics to lure millions of viewers to its screens in an era when many of them might prefer to stream a movie, comedy or drama at times of their own choosing,” Variety reported.

NBCUniversal has also already “sold more than 90% of its ad inventory for the Tokyo Games, a haul valued at more than $1.25 billion.”

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