Japan’s Prime Minister will propose that the IOC postpone the 2020 Olympics to next year

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will offer the head of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach to consider the option of moving the 2020 Olympics to Tokyo next year, according to the Japanese channel NHK.

Today, Abe and Bach are holding telephone talks about the possible postponement of the 2020 Games due to the spread of the coronavirus around the world.

Earlier, the Japanese authorities and the IOC said that the Olympics will be held on time – from July 24 to August 9. But on the eve of the IOC said that the final decision on the tournament will be made within 4 weeks.

Stanislav Pozdnyakov: “The ROC understands the decision of the IOC to postpone the Olympics»

The head of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) Stanislav Pozdnyakov commented on the postponement of the Olympic games in Tokyo in 2021 because of the coronavirus.

“We understand the decision of the International Olympic Committee and the organizing Committee of the 2020 Games to postpone the Olympic games and fully support the IOC’s position on the priority of ensuring the health and safety of athletes, competitors and the entire international sports community.

It is clear that this decision was very difficult and was taken in an unprecedented situation related to the coronavirus pandemic and the global consequences for humanity.

We hope that in the end the Tokyo Olympic Games will be held in an atmosphere of grandiose universal celebration and will serve to unite countries and peoples, which is what the world needs in particular, from my point of view.

We have a lot of joint work to do, but I would like to stress that the new dates for the Games, with an emphasis on the spring of 2021, outlined in today’s joint statement by the IOC and the Tokyo 2020 organizing Committee, look optimal under the circumstances. Because, first of all, they allow international sports federations to maintain the necessary format for all qualifying and qualifying competitions, and, secondly, not to break the calendar of the main events and competitions of the next year.

The ROC will continue to prepare for the Tokyo Games in full format, taking into account the changed dates. We will also continue to conduct all necessary consultations with the IOC and other international organizations to ensure a constructive dialogue on all relevant issues,” Pozdnyakov wrote.