The Tokyo Olympics have been officially postponed until 2021. The International Olympic Committee along with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and local organizers have decided that the Tokyo Games cannot go ahead as scheduled this year because of the coronavirus outbreak. The IOC says the games will be held “not later than summer 2021” but they will still be called the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
TOKYO (AP) — The decision to postpone the Olympics came only a few hours after local organizers said the torch relay would start as planned on Thursday. Those plans also changed. Organizers say the flame will be stored and displayed in the Japanese city of Fukushima for now. The Olympics have never before been postponed, and have only ever previously been canceled in wartime.