2020 Tokyo Olympics postponed due to COVID-19

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Madilyn Wallace, Editor in Chief

Another big sporting event has been postponed due to the worldwide spread of COVID-19, also known as coronavirus.

On Tuesday, March 24, Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, and Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), announced that the 2020 Olympics would be postponed to July 23 to August 8 and the 2020 Paralympics to August 24 to September 5.

ESPN’s Bonnie Ford explained, “Pressure [to postpone the Olympics] from athletes came first, followed by individual sports federations and national Olympic committees.”

Multiple countries put pressure on the IOC to postpone the Olympics, with voices from Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand.

According to CNBC, Canada announced on March 22 that they would not be sending athletes to the Olympics due to “COVID-19 risks.”

As these athletes tend to train every day for the Olympics to increase their wallet, the delay caused athletes to think about more part-time work.

As for the Olympics itself, thousands upon thousands gather in close quarters to watch the events, allowing for easy spread of disease.

Australia followed suit, with countries such as Norway recommending athletes to not go to the Olympics this year.

As of March 25, MSN reported that there have been “more than 424,000 cases of the coronavirus confirmed worldwide, according to the Johns Hopkins University, resulting in more than 18,900 deaths and triggering national lockdowns on an unprecedented scale.”

In Utah, this has led to schools being closed until May 1 and various businesses shutting their doors.

In fact, the Governor declared a new directive called “Stay Safe, Stay Home” on March 26. This directive advised on what individuals could go out for and activities that aren’t essential to the economy for the time being.

The Olympics have only been cancelled three times due to war, but the 2020 Olympics could join this list if a formal decision is made to cancel the Olympics.

According to USA Today, the Tokyo Olympics will still be called Tokyo 2020 despite taking place in 2021.