Tokyo 2020 udskudt til 2021
Den Internationale Olympiske Komitée har netop offentliggjort at de Olympiske og Paralympiske Lege bliver rykket til 2021. Hvornår OL præcis bliver afviklet står ikke klart på nuværende tidspunkt, men IOC skriver at de skal afholdes efter 2020, men senest i løbet af sommeren 2021. Aflysningen kommer ikke overraskende fordi spredningen af COVID-19 virussen hærger i verdenen.
Japan skal forsat være vært, men det kræver at legene kan afholdes under acceptable forhold. En flytning kommer dog ikke uden en del arbejde, da de deltagende internationale forbund muligvis både skal acceptere at det medfører flytning af internationale og kontinetale mesterskaber og arrangementer for at skabe plads til et muligt OL.
Legene beholder 2020 som en del af navnet, så der forsat arbejdes med "Tokyo 2020" som navn på næste års lege. Du kan læse mere i pressemeddelelsen fra IOC herunder:
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.