Breaking News: Tokyo 2020 becomes Tokyo 2021.
The Tokyo Olympics Games will be postponed to 2021, reports said.
Members of the Australian Olympic team are being told to prepare for the games to move back nearly a year.
ABC Australia’s Tokyo correspondent said the Tokyo Olympic Games will now take place in the northern summer of 2021.
“The AOC’s Executive Board unanimously agreed that an Australian Team could not be assembled in the changing circumstances at home and abroad,” he reported.
#BREAKING: @AUSOlympicTeam has told Australian athletes to prepare for a Tokyo Olympic Games in the northern summer of 2021. The AOC’s Executive Board unanimously agreed that an Australian Team could not be assembled in the changing circumstances at home and abroad.
— Jake Sturmer (@JakeSturmer) March 23, 2020
The International Olympic Committee held an emergency board meeting on Sunday.
Bloomberg reported that the IOC said it would begin planning the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics event, which was scheduled to begin July 24.
The IOC said the cancellation of the games would not be considered.
London’s Financial Times reported Sunday that a “gentleman’s agreement” had been reached not to cancel the games but to postpone to the summer of 2021.
An offical announcement will be made in April, the IOC said.
If the games don’t happen, the Japanese economy could face some $60 billion in losses tied directly to the games
The Sydney News Authors