- The Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be postponed to 2021 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic
- International Olympic Committee member made the announcement
- Several countries have already declared that they would not be able to send a team to compete in the world games
- The IOC member lamented on the ramifications that moving the Olympics in 2021 would have
The much-anticipated Tokyo 2020 Olympics was clearly overtaken by the coronavirus pandemic that it will be postponed to 2021, said one of the longest-running members of the International Olympic Committee, Mr. Pound.
As per USA Today, Pound said on a phone interview that postponement has been decided on the basis of the information that the IOC has.
BBC reported that there have been countries that have expressed their inability to send teams to compete in the Olympics due to the pandemic.
Among those who said that they can't compete in Japan include Canada, Australia and UK. StraitsTimes revealed that there was so much pressure that was applied to the committee from around the world to postpone the games due to the pandemic.
These turn of events has led Mr. Pound to reveal that the games supposedly scheduled from July 24 to August 9 will be moved to the summer of 2021.
A number of athletes expressed sadness but were consoled with the notion of a delayed competition.
In relation to the ongoing pandemic that has also hit the Philippines, a previous report by KAMI, the government faced problems when they imposed the initial community quarantine, which was elevated into the now ongoing enhanced community quarantine. It also suspended transportation causing massive problems with commuters.
The coronavirus outbreak started out in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China. Scientists believed that the virus came from an animal at one of Wuhan's wet markets. At present, the Philippines is under a state of calamity while the entire Luzon is under an enhanced community quarantine.
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