After Canada and Australia both announced that they were withdrawing from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, it has now been confirmed that the games are set to be postponed. The announcement comes after a conference call between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike and International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach.
Abe and Koike proposed a one-year postponement to the IOC, with Abe then saying that Bach had agreed “100%” with the proposal to delay the games. With Bach’s support, the postponement is now a formality, although a final decision will still have to be approved by the IOC’s Executive Board. This is the first time that the Olympics have ever been postponed, with the modern games only cancelled during wartime.
The latest development about the Olympics comes exactly a week after the IOC announced that it had no plans to cancel the event.