"The Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo must be rescheduled ... to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community."

2020 Olympic Summer Games postponed for the first time in history

  • The 2020 Olympics Games will take place in 2021, but they’ll still retain the name “Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.”
  • The Olympics have been cancelled before, but never postponed. The 1916 Summer Olympic Games were canceled because of World War I, and World War II caused the cancellation of the 1940 and 1944 Summer & Winter Olympic games.
  • The first modern Olympic games were held in Athens, Greece in 1896.
  • The 2020 Summer Olympics are just the latest event cancelled due to COVID-19. Check out our running list of major COVID-19  cancellations and postponements CLICK HERE

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Joint Statement from the International Olympic Committee and .the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Cmte CLICK HERE