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Tokyo 2020 could be postponed due COVID-19
Published on: 2020-03-04
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0312020 Olympics Games in Tokyo could be postponed under Japan’s agreement with the IOC.
 

In the host contract, only the IOC has the right to cancel the Games in a case where the Games would not be held during 2020. But as long as it is held during 2020, Japan can postpone it.

People wearing face masks walk by the headquarters for the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo JapanPeople wearing face masks walk by the headquarters for the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan

But the minister said she still believes that the Games will be held as scheduled from July 24 to August 9."The Organizing Committee, the IOC, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government are doing their utmost to open the Games on July 24".
 

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said to parliament: "It is the government's great responsibility to steadily prepare and create an environment for a safe and secure Olympic Games for athletes and spectators, and we must do our utmost to prevent the spread of the virus."

The New Tokyo Stadium the main venue for the 2020 Summer Olympics is seen past people wearing face masks at a rooftop viewing area in Tokyo JapanThe New Tokyo Stadium, the main venue for the 2020 Summer Olympics, is seen past people wearing face masks at a rooftop viewing area in Tokyo, Japan

The Olympic Charter states in Article 32: "The dates of the Olympic Games are determined by the IOC Executive Board."
 

Tokyo 2020 will make a regular report to the IOC Executive Board, and President Mori Yoshiro and CEO Muto Toshiro will participate via Videoconference in Tokyo. Both will meet the press after the report is given.

A masked security guard stands in front an entrance of the National Stadium venue of the upcoming Olympics in Tokyo on Feb.28A masked security guard stands in front an entrance of the National Stadium, venue of the upcoming Olympics, in Tokyo on Feb.28

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