Summer Olympics in Tokyo will be postponed, report says

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Summer Olympics Executives to 'Step Up' Coronavirus Contingency Planning, But Cancellation 'Not on Agenda'

"It's clear the games can't be held in July".

Carroll's comments came after Canada announced it would not send its team to the Olympics and Paralympics in the summer of 2020.

On Sunday, The International Olympic Committee (IOC) gave itself a deadline of four weeks to make a decision on whether to postpone the Games.

Abe said that Japan is still completely committed to a "complete" Games while adding that postponement is inevitable considering the safety and welfare of athletes first.

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Canadian Grand Prix officials released their own statement on Monday saying that preparations were progressing as planned while also admitting that they were closely monitoring the ever changing situation.

What did Shinzo Abe say? Going forward with the games in the midst of a pandemic would have been tremendously unsafe. However, he said too long a delay would be a burden to athletes given the possibility of having to qualify again, for example.

The Irish Olympic Federation chief acknowledged that athletes all over the world have been forced to scale back their training because of the guidelines around the pandemic. The 1916 Summer Games were canceled because of World War I and the Summer and Winter Games in 1940 and 1944 were cancelled during World War II.

It was originally hoped that the pandemic would be at a manageable position by July, meaning the Olympics would be held as normal.

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The IOC said Sunday it would take up to four weeks to consider what steps to take regarding the Tokyo Games.

"Cancellation would not solve any problem and would help nobody", the global committee's president, Thomas Bach, said Sunday. We are thankful to the International Olympic Committee for its assurance that it will not be canceling the Tokyo 2020 Games and appreciative that it understands the importance of accelerating its decision-making regarding a possible postponement.

"At the end of this dark tunnel we are all going through together, not knowing how long it is, the Olympic flame will be a light at the end of this tunnel".

He said: "The Cyprus Olympic Committee will respect and follow the instructions of the International Olympic Committee in the context of the Olympic Movement's common goals and the safety of our athletes".

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