Ottawa, Mar 24 (Canadian-Media): The shut down of life around the globe owing to COVID19 pandemic, an announcement, first-of-its-kind postponement of the Summer Olympics, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Tuesday announced postponement of the Tokyo 2020 games to 2021, media reports said.
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International Olympic Committee was being called Monday by Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) to postpone the Games for a year.
The difficult decision of COC and CPC not to let Canadian teams to participate in Tokyo 2020 Games was backed by the Athletes' Commissions, National Sport Organizations and the Government of Canada.
Seyi Smith, chair of the Canadian Olympic Committee Athletes' Commission, said Monday that the decision will not only ensure people's safety, but will also ensure Canada has the best competitive team.
Although the Tokyo Games would be held in 2021, will still be called the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, said IOC.
The decision came only a few hours after local organizers said the torch relay would start as planned on Thursday in northeastern Fukushima, but with no torch, no torchbearers and no public. Those plans also changed.
"For the time being, the flame will be stored and displayed in Fukushima," organizing committee president Yoshiro Mori said.
"A lot can happen in one year, so we have to think about what we have to do," said Toshiro Muto, the CEO of the Tokyo organizing committee. "The decision came upon us all of a sudden."