The coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe has led to the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to summer, 2021.
The International Olympic Committee announced on Tuesday that the Games which were scheduled for July 24 to August 9 has been shifted because of the Covid-19 outbreak
The decision was officially announced after telephone discussions between IOC president Thomas Bach and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. A historic joint decision was taken for the first postponement of an Olympics in peacetime.
Abe had earlier said Bach was in “100 percent agreement” when Japan asked the IOC to push back the Games.
The IOC had come under mounting pressure in recent days to postpone the world’s biggest sporting event, with teams, athletes and sports bodies all calling for a delay.
The postponement comes after top federations announced they would pull out of the Tokyo Games. The highest-profile event to be affected by a virus that has affected the sporting calendar.