Are the 2020 Olympics Canceled, Delayed, or Happening?

Kiara Dunkle

The 2020 Olympics have been unexpectedly canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. International Olympic Committee president, Thomas Bach, and Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe decided to postpone the 2020 Summer Olympics to the summer of 2021 on March 24th, 2020. They believed that for athletes and others safety concerns it would be best if they just waited till next summer to host the Olympics. The Olympics are still scheduled to take place in Tokyo, Japan, but who knows what the future may bring.

International Hockey Federation CEO, Thierry Weil states, “The message of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch that “Hope Lights Our Way” could not be more pertinent at this time. We look forward to outstanding Olympic Games in Tokyo next year!” He is stating that in this time it is important to have hope just like the main message of the Tokyo 2020 Torch states. He is saying to have hope in the scientists and doctors as they try to find a solution for this virus. Also, the staff at Reuter’s, a news organization, states, “Athletes, national associations, and sporting federations from around the world reacted with sadness, relief and mainly goodwill to the postponement.” This is telling us that even though people are sad about the postponement they understand that it is happening to help keep themselves and others safe. Last, the International Olympic Committee president, Thomas Bach states, “This Olympic flame will be the light at the end of the tunnel.” This is saying that the Olympics will give everyone something to look forward to in this pandemic and hopefully by the summer of 2021 the coronavirus thing would have settled down.

Shinzo Abe is Japan’s Prime minister and he had a big impact on the postponing because the Olympics are taking place in Japan. Also, The International Olympic Committee is an organization that helps organize the Olympics and also helps with the marketing of the Olympics. The two agreed to postpone the Olympics and actually made this agreement over a telephone call made on Tuesday, March 24th, 2020. Not only did postponing the Olympics help with people’s safety, but it also gave health care workers more time to find a solution or even a cure to the virus. COVID-19 has caused almost a million deaths and there were 11,000 athletes competing in the Olympics, so it was important that the athletes understood why it had been postponed. The Olympics are the biggest event yet to be affected by the virus, but who knows what COVID-19 will cause in the future.

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