This decision was the outcome of the negotiations the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe with President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach, reports broadcaster NHK. The parties to the conversation have agreed to postpone the Olympics for a year because of the pandemic of coronavirus.
Olympics in Tokyo postponed to 2021
According to Mori, taking into account the postponement of the competition the organizing Committee will prepare for the new relay.
Earlier, the Japanese authorities considered the question of carrying out of relay race without torches and runners. The Olympic flame is planned to move from region to region by car in a special lights-sconces. However, the new circumstances have allowed and even to cancel the event.
on the Eve of the IOC member dick pound told The American newspaper USA Today that the story of the Olympic games in Tokyo is a foregone conclusion. “Further steps are not yet defined, but I do know that the Game will not start on 24 July,” he told reporters.
After these words the Secretary General of the Cabinet of Ministers of Japan Acehide Suga said that the Japanese authorities had not received any information on the IOC decision.
meanwhile, in Tokyo came to the decision to cancel the Olympics under pressure from the international sports community. National Olympic committees (NOC) from several States because of the pandemic coronavirus declared intention not to send their athletes to the Games in Japan in case competitions as scheduled.
Prime Minister of Japan announced the postponement of the Olympics
in particular, In a similar vein, expressed the representatives of the NOC of Australia and Canada. There referred to the inability of effective training teams in terms of spread of infection in the world.
in addition, the requirement for porting Games at a later date identified in the United States. According to the results of the poll, the deferral of the Olympic games was supported by about 70 percent of athletes from the United States. After a number of States called on the IOC to postpone the Olympics.