Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan, and
Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee
(IOC), have announced that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in
Tokyo are to be rescheduled.
While the new dates have not yet been set, the two
leaders confirmed that Tokyo 2020 will not take place this year but
that it will still take place in Japan, and that the Games will
happen no later than
The two parties have
agreed that the Games will keep the name Olympic and Paralympic
Games Tokyo 2020.
The decision, they say, has been made "to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody
involved in the Olympic Games and the international community" and
that "the Olympic flame could become the light at the end of the
tunnel in which the world finds itself at present".
Japan is expected to soon ban any foreign visitors
from entering the country if they have been to Andorra, Austria,
Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Iran, Liechtenstein,
Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Spain,
Switzerland and the Vatican within 14 days of arriving in Japan.
It is also reported that it will extend the suspension of visas to
Chinese and Korean travellers.