Japan and the International Olympic Committee have agreed to postpone the Tokyo 2020 summer games until next year because of the coronavirus pandemic, ending weeks of speculation and marking the first time the games have been called off during peacetime.
Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister, proposed the delay during a phone call on Tuesday with IOC president Thomas Bach, president of the Tokyo 2020 organising committee Yoshiro Mori, and others. The proposal was to be discussed at a meeting of the IOC’s executive board later on Tuesday.
在周二与国际奥委会主席托马斯•巴赫(Thomas Bach)、2020年东京奥组委主席森喜朗(Yoshiro Mori)等人举行电话会议期间，日本首相安倍晋三(Shinzo Abe)提议了这一延期安排。国际奥委会执行委员会将在周二晚些时候开会讨论该提议。
“In order to ensure that athletes can play under the best conditions and to make it a safe games for the audience, I have proposed that [the IOC] consider an approximate delay of one year,” Mr Abe told reporters after the call, adding that Mr Bach “agreed 100 per cent” with his suggestion.