Abe says Trump supports Olympic postponement 100%

Ruben Hill
March 25, 2020

Last night, Japanese Prime Minister Shizao Abe placed a call from his official residence in Tokyo to IOC President Thomas Bach, proposing that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics be postponed in the face of the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic.

"Our Federation is in close contact with the IOC to adjust its qualification procedure to the decisions taken concerning the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games".

"President Trump repeatedly said the postponement is an excellent and wise decision", Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Akihiro Nishimura told a news briefing. The IOC will take up to four weeks to consider postponing the Tokyo Olympics amid mounting criticism of its handling of the coronavirus crisis that now includes Canada saying it won't send a team to the games this year and the leader of track and field, the biggest sport at the games, also calling for a delay.

Travellers will be required to isolate themselves in places such as their homes or hotels and avoid using public transportation as part of a measure that will be effective through to the end of April.

The company had signed a contract to provide temporary electricity to power 43 competition venues of Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Athletes Village and the International Broadcast centre, ensuring reliable power and uninterrupted television broadcast to millions of viewers. The official website of the Tokyo Games, as well as Japanese national broadcaster NHK, have since confirmed that Bach expressed his agreement to the proposal during the phone conference.

Yesterday's decision was based on information provided by the World Health Organization, whose director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday (March 23) that the coronavirus pandemic is "accelerating".

There are now more than 400,000 cases recorded worldwide and in almost every country.

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