With all the discussion going on and athletes and various sports federations pitching in to postpone the Summer Olympics 2020 which was to be held in Tokyo, Japan, International Sports Federation has finally taken a decision to postpone the grand sports event amid COVID-19 emergency.
The President of the International Olympics Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach and Prime Minister of Japan, Abe Shinzo jointly released a statement regarding the postponement of the Olympics event, which is now slated to take place in 2021 summers.
Joint statement by the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee on the postponement.https://t.co/1XDNmo95JI
— #Tokyo2020 (@Tokyo2020) March 24, 2020
As soon as the news regarding the shift of dates of Olympics broke, various sports federations shared their view on this matter and nodded along with the decision of the Olympics Committee.
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Olympic #Baseball, #Softball and the #Tokyo2020 #Olympics have been postponed to 2021. The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) welcomed the difficult joint decision today of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and Japan Prime Minister Abe Shinzo to postpone the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 to a date no later than the summer of 2021. The IOC stated that the Tokyo 2020 Games will 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. Said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari: "The WBSC welcomes and fully supports the joint decision taken by the IOC, Tokyo 2020 and Japan Prime Minister Abe Shinzo to postpone the start of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “While the postponement is heartbreaking for athletes — and our baseball and softball players — around the world, the ‘Tokyo 2020’ Games in 2021 can be a symbol of global recovery and solidarity, and be one of the greatest worldwide celebrations and most anticipated moments in the history of sport. "The WBSC stands in solidarity with the Olympic Movement during this difficult time and will work closely with the IOC to manage the completion of the Olympic qualification process for baseball, which now has more time to be conducted, providing an equal opportunity for the teams and their players.”