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Let’s still keep the torch’s light burning, though.

It is confirmed. The Tokyo Olympics is postponed until 2021 after talks between Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, and the International Olympic Committee president, Thomas Bach, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The decision comes after the chairman of the British Olympic Association said Great Britain would be unlikely to send a team to Tokyo this summer, followed by Australia and Canada which stated that they won’t compete in Japan this year.

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe said that such a decision is unavoidable given the current world situation.

The postponement brought a massive blow to the host country, which has spent more than $12bn on the event, while huge sums are also at stake for sponsors and broadcasters.

Athletes were disappointed but broadly endorsed the delay, given health risks and disruption to their training as gyms, stadia and swimming pools shut down around the world.

This is the fourth time that the Olympics will be postponed due to unavoidable circumstances, the first one was in 1916 during the outbreak of World War 1, 1940 which was also a planned Tokyo Games, and 1944 during the second world war.

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