Abe says Trump supports Olympic postponement 100%

2020 Olympics officially postponed amid COVID-19 fears

Postponing the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics to "no later than the summer of 2021" may be hard for athletes who see the games as the culmination of their careers.

President Thomas Bach speaks during an interview after the historic decision to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games due to the coronavirus pandemic, in Lausanne, Switzerland, on March 25, 2020. We have considered a range of scenarios to stress-test the Group's liquidity position through to the end of this year, including the situation in which the Games do not take place this year.

Bach also said the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics need sacrifice and compromise of all the stakeholders.

"Kenya welcomes the decision to postpone the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics by the duration of not more than one year", Mohamed said in Nairobi on Tuesday.

"We commend the conscientious and courageous decision taken by Tokyo 2020 and the International Olympic Committee to delay this summer's Games in the face of an unprecedented challenge to humanity".

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Approved isolation facilities will be hotels, mainly, and the Government has already looked at hotels near airports to be used. Officials continued to work through the details. "Then we'll begin to know how successful we have been", Ardern explained.

"The agreement is that we want to organise these Games at the latest in the summer 2021", he told a conference call. Issuing a statement, Prime Minister Abe said: "I proposed to Mr Bach that we postpone the Games for a year".

The World Aquatics Championships are scheduled for July 16-Aug.

The IOC is due to start talks from Thursday with other global sporting bodies as moving the very big Olympics event has a knock-on effect for many other competitions.

One of the many logistical headaches caused by the historic postponement of the Tokyo Olympics has been the uncertainty around the Athletes' Village overlooking Tokyo Bay. According to some estimates, the rearrangement of the Games will reduce the growth of Japan's GDP by 1.4 percent.

Indeed, while the Olympic Charter clearly sets forth in its Chapter 5 that "no kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted", the Olympic Games were deeply woven with myopic national calculations and sometimes political riots in history.

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