International Olympic Committee hopes to agree new Tokyo Olympics date 'as soon as possible'

  • International Olympic Committee hopes to agree new Tokyo Olympics date 'as soon as possible'

International Olympic Committee hopes to agree new Tokyo Olympics date 'as soon as possible'

The 2020 Games were delayed until "no later than summer 2021" by the International Olympic Committee and Japanese Prime Minister Sinzo Abe earlier on Tuesday, but Estanguet said the first postponement of an Olympics during peacetime would not affect the Paris edition, which will now be staged three years after the Tokyo event.

"These postponed Olympic Games will need sacrifices, will need compromises from all stakeholders", Bach told reporters in a conference call the day after the IOC made a decision to delay the 2020 Games because of the coronavirus pandemic. AP's earlier story is below.

"In the present circumstances and based on the information provided by the WHO [World Health Organization] today, the IOC President and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, " the statement noted.

© Provided by Associated Press Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, walks past Olympic Minister Seiko Hashimoto, right, to attend a cabinet meeting at his official residence in Tokyo Tuesday, March 24, 2020. 1 next year but FINA said they would reconsider the dates after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Tokyo 2020 organizers released a joint statement on postponing the Games. Abe and IOC President Thomas Bach are expected to hold telephone talks later Tuesday.

In an announcement, it said: "While we have a contract that provides a framework for these discussions, the commercial terms and operational impact surrounding the postponement will need to be worked through in detail with TOCOG".

The modern Olympics have been cancelled five times (once for World War I and four times for World War II), including the scrapped 1940 Summer and Winter Games which Japan had been selected to host in Tokyo and Sapporo, respectively.