2020 Summer Olympics postponed due to COVID-19 health concerns


AUSTIN (KXAN) — The 2020 Summer Olympics will not be played in July due to public health concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, according to CNN.

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he has reached an agreement with the International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach to postpone the games “about a year,” CNN reports.

On Sunday, Bach said the committee was considering a postponement and would make a final decision within four weeks

Several Olympic committees across the globe put pressure on the IOC to move the Olympic schedule. Canada and Australia both announced they would not be sending athletes to participate in the Games without a postponement of some kind.

Japanese leaders fell in line with the IOC president’s thinking quickly as it witnessed pressure from committees around the world.

Abe, speaking at a parliamentary session this week, said a postponement of the Tokyo Olympics would be necessary if the games cannot be held in a complete way because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“If it is difficult to hold (the Games) in a complete way, a decision of postponement would be unavoidable,” he said.

Leaders for the U.S. Swimming and Track and Field teams have voiced concerns about going forward with the 2020 event given the current state of the world. The 2020 Summer Olympics were scheduled to begin July 24 and run through Aug. 9.

NBC, who owns the television rights for the 2020 Games, said in a statement it fully supports the IOC’s decisions.

“These are extraordinary and unprecedented times, and we fully support the IOC’s decision to step up its scenario-planning for the Tokyo Olympics. We are prepared to stand behind any decision made by the IOC, the Japanese government, and the world health officials with whom they are working regarding the Tokyo Olympics.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

CBS47 On Your Side

Do you have a problem that you need help solving? Contact CBS47 and let us be On Your Side.

Phone: 559-761-0383
Email: OnYourSide@cbsfresno.com

Don’t Miss

Best of the Valley
Sunday Morning Matters
MedWatch Today
Hispanic Heritage
Bulldog Insider: The Podcast
The Valley's Armenia
Pros Who Know

Images from Armenia

Small patients in Armenia
Yerevan by night.
Dr. Jeff Thomas delivers.
Dr. Jeff Thomas delivers in Gyumri.
Doctors unpack medical supplies from The Central Valley.
Fresno Medical Mission at work.
Medical Supplies being unloaded.
Fresno Medical Mission at the ready.
KSEE24 crew witnesses the miracle of life in Gyumri, Armenia.
Life saving work of Central Valley surgeons in Armenia.
Ribbon cutting on new surgical center in Ashtarak Armenia. Fresno donors made this dream come true.
KSEE24 on assignment with the Fresno Medical Mission
Honorary Consulate to Armenia Berj Apkarian explains the crisis facing one hospital.
KSEE24's Stefani Booroojian and Kevin Mahan at the meeting with President Bako Sahakyan.
Medical Meeting in Artsakh.
The President of Artsakh meets with the Fresno Medical Mission.
Learning modern medicine techniques with the Fresno Medical Mission in surgery.
Leaning in for a look. Dr. Brien Tonkinson holds class and helps a patient in Armenia.
Fresno Medical Mission cares on one of the smallest patients in the region. Six-year old Yanna receives life-changing better breathing surgery.