It’s officially official: the Tokyo Summer Olympics will not take place in 2020.
According to The Washington Post, Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe reached an agreement with IOC President Thomas Bach to delay this summer’s games as the world combats the coronavirus.
“In light of the current conditions and for all the athletes, we made a proposal of a postponement of about a year, to hold them securely and safely,” Abe said Tuesday, according to The Post.
Leading up to today’s decision the Canadian team said they would not send athletes to Tokyo during the crisis. The U.S. swim and track and field teams quickly followed.
The Olympics have been canceled during wartime but never postponed, making the move to summer of 2021 a first. Click here to see the IOC’s entire statement.