Tokyo Olympics will officially be postponed to 2021, and Twitter wasn’t ready for it

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A man is seen through the Olympic rings in front of 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. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

A man is seen through the Olympic rings in front of 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. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) | AP

The move comes amid the coronavirus pandemic

The Tokyo Summer Olympics will be delayed until 2021, the International Olympic Committee announced Tuesday morning.

The announcement came one day after speculation grew that the IOC and Japan were nearing a decision to delay the 2020 Summer Games over the coronavirus pandemic. Multiple nations said Monday that they would not participate in the games if they happened.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and local organizers agreed Tuesday to postpone the games.

IOC President Thomas Bach said he agreed “100%” with the decision.
Abe said he called for postponing the Olympics after “taking into consideration the current circumstances.”
Social media reaction:

People weighed in on the decision through Twitter. Many acted with surprise that the Olympics was postponed for the first time in history.

After his telephone talks with IOC President Bach, PM Abe spoke to the press and explained that the two have agreed that the Tokyo Olympic Games would not be cancelled, and the games will be held by the summer of 2021. pic.twitter.com/ihe8To2g3R

— PM’s Office of Japan (@JPN_PMO) March 24, 2020

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be postponed. IOC & Japan working towards 2021.

— Phoebe Bowden (@PhoebeBowden) March 24, 2020

Since the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, the Summer Olympics have only been canceled three times, all due to either WWI or WWII:
– 1916 in Berlin
– 1940 in Tokyo
– 1944 in London
#Tokyo2020 is the first postponement during peace time in Olympic history. pic.twitter.com/UOrbCpZabI

— CGTN (@CGTNOfficial) March 24, 2020

Since the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, the Summer Olympics have only been canceled three times, all due to either WWI or WWII:
– 1916 in Berlin
– 1940 in Tokyo
– 1944 in London
#Tokyo2020 is the first postponement during peace time in Olympic history. pic.twitter.com/UOrbCpZabI

— CGTN (@CGTNOfficial) March 24, 2020

The Summer Olympics were cancelled in 1916 (Berlin), 1940 (Tokyo), and 1944 (London), all due to war.

The Winter Olympics were cancelled in 1940 (Sapporo) and 1944 (Cortina d’Ampezzo), also due to war.

This will be the first time the Olympics have been postponed. https://t.co/FqX5YEFb6O

— Charlotte Clymer ️‍ (@cmclymer) March 24, 2020

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

      

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