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Datum objave: 24.03.2020

Tokyo Olympic Games postponed to 2021

The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, and the Prime Minister of Japan

XII. Olimpijske igre - Tokio 1940.

XII. Olimpijske igre - Tokio 1940 su trebale biti održane od 21. rujna do 6. listopada 1940. godine u Tokiju (Japan). Međutim, zbog početka Drugog kinesko-japanskog rata 1937. godine MOO je igre oduzeo Tokiju i dodijelio Helsinkiju, koji je bio drugoplasirani grad u prvotnom nadmetanju za grada domaćina. Zbog početka Drugog svjetskog rata i te su Igre odgođene.

Helsinki je kasnije bio domaćin Olimpijskih igara 1952. dok je Tokio organizirao Olimpijske igre 1964..

XXXII Ljetne olimpijske igre održat će se u japanskom glavnom gradu Tokiju od 25. srpnja do 9. kolovoza 2020. godine. To će biti drugo izdanje Olimpijskih igara održano u Tokiju, nakon onog 1964.

Domaćin je odabran u Buenos Airesu 7. rujna 2013. U prvom krugu glasovanja ispao je španjolski grad Madrid, a u drugom turski Istanbul. Stoga će se dvaput zaredom najveći športski događaj na svijetu održati izvan Europe, pošto je brazilski grad Rio de Janeiro domaćin OI 2016. Nakon 12 godina OI će se opet održati u Aziji i na Dalekom istoku, pošto je kineski glavni grad Peking bio domaćin OI 2008. Cijeli islamski svijet još nikada nije ugostio Igre. Madridu također nikada nije pripala ta čast, ali jest Barceloni 1992. Afrika je ostala jedini kontinent na kojem Olimpijske igre nikada nisu održane.

Hrvanju koje ima tradiciju dugu 3 000 godina prijetilo je izbacivanje s popisa olimpijskih športova. 8. rujna 2013. MOO je odlučio da hrvanje ostaje olimpijski šport. Dobilo je 49 od 95 glasova, bejzbol i softbol dobili su 24, a skvoš 22 glasa.[

 Tokyo Olympic Games postponed to 2021

24 MAR 2020

The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, and the Prime Minister of Japan, Abe Shinzo, held a conference call this morning to discuss the constantly changing environment with regard to COVID-19 and the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

They were joined by Mori Yoshiro, the President of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee; the Olympic Minister, Hashimoto Seiko; the Governor of Tokyo, Koike Yuriko; the Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission, John Coates; IOC Director General Christophe De Kepper; and the IOC Olympic Games Executive Director, Christophe Dubi.

President Bach and Prime Minister Abe expressed their shared concern about the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, and what it is doing to people’s lives and the significant impact it is having on global athletes’ preparations for the Games.

In a very friendly and constructive meeting, the two leaders praised the work of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and noted the great progress being made in Japan to fight against COVID-19.

The unprecedented and unpredictable spread of the outbreak has seen the situation in the rest of the world deteriorating. Yesterday, the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that the COVID-19 pandemic is "accelerating". There are more than 375,000 cases now recorded worldwide and in nearly every country, and their number is growing by the hour.

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.

OLYMPICS/ Tokyo postponing decision due in days--sources 
A man wearing a Japanese flag-themed hat shows a towel with a Tokyo 2020 Olympics logo printed on while waiting in line to view the Olympic Flame in Fukushima City on March 24. (AP Photo)
ATHENS--A final decision whether to postpone this year’s Tokyo Olympic Games will be taken in coming days, two sources within the Olympic movement told Reuters on Tuesday.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Tokyo Games organizers are under mounting pressure to postpone the Games due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and IOC President Thomas Bach will hold a telephone conference at 1100 GMT.
The sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the IOC and Japan would not take the full four weeks of consultation announced by the Olympic body on Sunday after finally saying that postponement was an option.
“A decision will be announced in the coming days. It is not a matter of weeks but days,” one source said.
The IOC and organizers long insisted the Games would go ahead as planned from July 24 but as the virus spread from Asia to Europe and further west, opposition to the Games mounted as athletes struggled with preparations.
It would be the first time the Olympics are moved or delayed during peacetime in their 124-year modern history.
The outbreak has now infected more than 377,000 people across 194 countries and territories, with over 16,500 deaths.
Major sporting powers Canada and Australia have already said they will not be sending teams to Tokyo if the Games go ahead as scheduled this year, and British organizers said they were likely to follow suit after meeting with sporting body representatives on Tuesday.
The United States has added its weight to calls for a delay and New Zealand pressed for a quick decision. 

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