The Tokyo Olympics has now officially been postponed to next year, amid the coronavirus.
Organisers met this week to make the call, after a number of countries – including Australia – deemed it impossible to put together a team under the circumstances.
The event, which was supposed to be held this July, will now be held next year.
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The International Olympic Committee and Tokyo Olympic Games organisers have decided that it will not be held any later than summer 2021.
It’s understood the event will still be called ‘Tokyo 2020’ despite taking place in 2021.
This is the first delay in 124 years of the modern games.
Organisers believe the new event could stand as a ‘beacon of hope to the world during these trouble times’ and that the Olympic flame could become the light at the end of the tunnel in which the world finds itself at present.
The flame will stay in Japan.