JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - In connection with the decision to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said that the event can be postponed but not rescheduled beyond the summer of 2021.
"In the current situation and based on information provided by WHO today, the IOC President and the Japanese Prime Minister decided that the event in Tokyo should be rescheduled outside 2020, but not beyond the summer of 2021," the IOC wrote in an official report received by Reuters, which quoted in Jakarta, Tuesday (03/24/2020).
The postponement of the Tokyo Olympics was the result of talks between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and IOC President Thomas Bach by telephone on Tuesday morning local time.
"This decision (postponement) is to ensure the health of the athletes and everyone involved in the Olympics, and the international community," the statement wrote.
The decision of the two parties also marked the first time the Olympics had been delayed in 124 years of its history. Previously the Olympics had been canceled due to two world wars.
As reported by Antara, despite the postponing of the Tokyo Olympics to 2021, the IOC can ensure that the name of the biggest sporting event in the world will still use the name "Tokyo 2020 Olympics".
"It has been agreed that the Olympic flame will remain in Japan. It has also been agreed that the competition continue to use the name of the Olympic Games and the 2020 Paralympics even though it will be postponed to in 2021".
The Olympic flame arrived in Japan last week after a torch ceremony in the ancient city of Olimpia, Greece, and was paraded in local cities last Thursday.