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Tokyo 2020: For The Very First Time, Olympics Get Postponed During Peacetime

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics have been postponed to no later than the summer of 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe

March 25, 2020

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, arrives to speak to journalists in front of the prime minister's residence in Tokyo, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Abe says IOC president has agreed "100%" to proposal of postponing Olympics for about 1 year.

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Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee president Yoshiro Mori takes a seat at a news conference in Tokyo, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. IOC President Thomas Bach has agreed "100%" to a proposal of postponing the Tokyo Olympics for about one year until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday.

Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee president Yoshiro Mori, left, and CEO Toshiro Muto attend a news conference in Tokyo, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. IOC President Thomas Bach has agreed "100%" to a proposal of postponing the Tokyo Olympics for about one year until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday.

A journalist waits for the start of a news conference with the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee in Tokyo, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. IOC President Thomas Bach has agreed "100%" to a proposal of postponing the Tokyo Olympics for about one year until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday.

An Olympic torch for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics is on display in Tokyo, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. IOC President Thomas Bach has agreed "100%" to a proposal of postponing the Tokyo Olympics for about one year until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday.

A man walks past a countdown display for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. IOC President Thomas Bach has agreed "100%" to a proposal of postponing the Tokyo Olympics for about one year until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday.

Miraitowa and Someity, mascots for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics are seen in Tokyo, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. IOC President Thomas Bach has agreed "100%" to a proposal of postponing the Tokyo Olympics for about one year until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday.

Two men chat behind the Olympic rings near the New National Stadium in Tokyo, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. IOC President Thomas Bach has agreed "100%" to a proposal of postponing the Tokyo Olympics for about one year until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday.

A man walks past large displays promoting the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. IOC President Thomas Bach has agreed "100%" to a proposal of postponing the Tokyo Olympics for about one year until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday.

The Olympic rings float in the water on a barge Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in the Odaiba section of Tokyo. Not even the Summer Olympics could withstand the force of the coronavirus. After weeks of hedging, the IOC took the unprecedented step of postponing the world's biggest sporting event, a global extravaganza that's been cemented into the calendar for more than a century.

Myles Amine, a wrestler who represents San Marino in the Olympics, holds some of his awards during an interview in Brighton, Mich., Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Amine is disappointed he won't be competing in Japan this summer, but he understands why the games will not go on in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Amine attends the University of Michigan and qualified for the Tokyo Olympics with a strong showing at the wrestling world championships last fall.

A board informing the Olympic torch relay is removed from the City Hall in Inazawa, Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, where is a route of the relay, Wednesday, March 25, 2020. The Olympic torch relay was postponed Tuesday because the Tokyo Games themselves were pushed back to 2021.

The New National Stadium, a venue for the opening and closing ceremonies for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, is seen from an observation deck Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in Tokyo. Not even the Summer Olympics could withstand the force of the coronavirus. After weeks of hedging, the IOC took the unprecedented step of postponing the world's biggest sporting event, a global extravaganza that's been cemented into the calendar for more than a century.

Snow-capped Mount Fuji is seen from an observation deck Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in Tokyo. Not even the Summer Olympics could withstand the force of the coronavirus. After weeks of hedging, the IOC took the unprecedented step of postponing the world's biggest sporting event, a global extravaganza that's been cemented into the calendar for more than a century.

A woman dressed in hakama views Tokyo's skyline Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in Tokyo. Not even the Summer Olympics could withstand the force of the coronavirus. After weeks of hedging, the IOC took the unprecedented step of postponing the world's biggest sporting event, a global extravaganza that's been cemented into the calendar for more than a century.

A staff holds a notice board saying "Please leave an interval to queue up" as masked spectators line up to observe the Olympic Flame burning prior to a flame display ceremony in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, northern Japan, Wednesday, March 25, 2020. IOC President Thomas Bach has agreed "100%" to a proposal of postponing the Tokyo Olympics for about one year until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday.

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