Tokyo Olympic Games Moved to 2021 Due to Corona Virus Outbreak

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For the past couple of months since the corona virus outbreak was publicly announced in social media and in various news outlets across the globe, a lot rumors have been spreading with regard to the possibility of postponing the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic games. With the continuous upward trend of the novel corona virus not only in Asia but all over the world, a lot of health authorities encourage social distancing in order to avoid the further spread of the virus.


Recently, the highly contagious corona virus originated in Wuhan, China has been declared by the World Health Organization as a global pandemic as it has already caused a serious impact on a lot of countries all over the world including Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Germany, among others.


One of the consequences of this global pandemic is the postponement or cancellation of a lot of social events in the world including the much anticipated Olympic Games. In fact, the international Olympic Committee as well as the Organizing Committee of the Tokyo Olympics in Japan seriously mull over the issue of whether or not the sports event will push through. A lot of sports enthusiasts, participants, athletes and potential spectators are also curious to know with finality if the Olympic games will continue as planned since there are only about four months prior to its original date of commencement.


Finally, this March 25, 2020, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Japanese government have come to an agreement to postpone the Olympic Games by next year, 2021. This decision followed after various sports organizations and athletes from different countries across the globe expressed their sentiments regarding their lack of preparation and their fears in relation to the corona virus outbreak. Some countries that used to be very active in the previous Olympic events made a statement that they will not participate if this Olympics will push through this year.


Reference: Stop the clock: Japan wakes up to reality of Olympics postponement


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