Robert: The IOC officially suspends the 2020 Olympics
Following a phone call between the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, and the Prime Minister of Japan, Abe Shinzo, the summer Olympics scheduled to take place in Tokyo later this year have been officially postponed to a yet to be determined date, no later than the summer of 2021.
According to a joint statement, President Bach and Prime Minister Abe both expressed their shared concern about the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, and how it is having a significant impact on a global athletes’ preparations for the Games.
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.
Prior to the announcement, a number of countries, including Canada, refused to send athletes to the games should they go ahead as scheduled.