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Official Statement from the IOC and Tokyo OC

To safeguard the health of the athletes and everyone involved in the Tokyo 2020 Games, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games will not take place no later than Summer 2021. This is a historic moment as this will be the first time the Olympics have been postponed. (The 1916 Summer Games were canceled because of World War I, and the Summer and Winter Games in 1940 and 1944 were canceled due to World War II.)

Here is the joint statement by the IOC and Tokyo OC:

In the present circumstances and based on the information provided by the WHO today, the IOC President and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo 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.

The leaders agreed that the Olympic Games in Tokyo could stand as a beacon of hope to the world during these troubled times and that the Olympic flame could become the light at the end of the tunnel in which the world finds itself at present. Therefore, it was agreed that the Olympic flame will stay in Japan. It was also agreed that the Games will keep the name Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.

There is still no official new date, but stay tuned!

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