by Diego Marquez
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics were officially postponed on Tuesday amidst heavy backlash and concern for holding the worldwide event amidst the global pandemic and fight against the coronavirus.
The opening ceremony that was scheduled to open in Japan on July 24 will be pushed back to a date no later than summer 2021.
“(The) IOC president and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Games… must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020, but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community,” said the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee and the IOC in a joint statement.
The games could possibly be held in the spring of 2021.
The IOC is now in charge of pin-pointing an exact date, rescheduling venues and renegotiating television rights for the almost 10,000 athletes that will be representing their countries. The move will be costly for Japan with an estimated cost of $13 million dollars into hosting the worldwide event and will more than likely have to add to that number.
Previous Olympic Games have been canceled during wars, but this unprecedented move to put the Olympics on hold is the first time the ceremonies have been postponed due to a health scare, like the global pandemic that the world is going through.
As a result of World War I, the 1916 Berlin Olympic Games were the first Olympics to be canceled. Between the years of 1936-44, the 40’ and 44’ games were canceled due to conflicts between China and Japan and the beginning of World War II, respectively.