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COVID-19: Tokyo 2020 Olympics postponed by a year

Japan’s prime minister and the head of the International Olympic Committee agreed to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Games by a year on Tuesday in an extraordinary move, unprecedented in peacetime, as the world battles the coronavirus pandemic.

“I proposed to postpone for about a year and president Bach responded with 100 percent agreement,” Shinzo Abe told reporters referring to Thomas Bach, head of the IOC.

The move would be a devastating blow for the city of Tokyo, which had won widespread praise for its organisation, with venues finished well ahead of time and tickets massively oversubscribed.

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