IOC / TOKYO 2020 POSTPONED

24-Mar-2020 00:03:41
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the head of the International Olympic Committee and the Prime Minister of Japan have decided to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics "to safeguard the health of the athletes and everybody involved in the Olympic Games." IOC
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DATELINE: 24 MARCH 2020, LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND / FILE
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24 MARCH 2020, LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND

1. Aerial shot, Olympic House exterior
2. Wide shot, Olympic House exterior
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Thomas Bach, President, International Olympic Committee:
“The World Health Organization speaks of the acceleration of the spreading of the virus so we were addressing this situation and came to the conclusion that, in order to safeguard the health of the athletes and everybody involved in the Olympic Games, that we have to postpone the Olympics and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 to the year 2021, with the aim to have it there at the latest in summertime 2021.”

FILE – TOKYO, JAPAN

4. Wide shot, Tokyo 2020 mascots
5. Wide shot, time lapse video of the building process of Olympic/Paralympic Village


24 MARCH 2020, LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Thomas Bach, President, International Olympic Committee:
“We are facing an unprecedented challenge now because this postponement is the first ever postponement of an Olympic Games in Olympic history. The Olympic Games are the most complex event on this planet. We have to get together 11,000 athletes from 206 National Olympic Committees, as well as the IOC Refugee Olympic Team, in one place. Not only for sport and showing sporting excellence, but also living together in an Olympic Village, celebrating humanity together.”


FILE – RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL

7. Wide shot, Bach handing over the Olympic flag at the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games Rio 2016 to Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko
8. Wide shot, Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko waving Olympic flag

24 MARCH 2020, LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND

9. SOUNDBITE (English) Thomas Bach, President, International Olympic Committee:
“Yes, there will be an Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. So there the athletes will have the chance and the opportunity of their life, to make their Olympic dream come true even in these uncertain times, and their preparations will need the cooperation of everybody. And also the understanding in particular of the athletes. They have to come together and address this unprecedented situation together. If we do so, if we are all standing together and everybody making his or her contribution, then I am really confident that in the end these Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 can be the light at the end of this dark tunnel we are all going through together now, and we all want to see the Olympic flame at the end of this dark tunnel.”

FILE – RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL

10. Various shots, Mario Kart animation
11. Prime Minister of Japan Abe Shinzō at the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games Rio 2016
STORYLINE
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the head of the International Olympic Committee and the Prime Minister of Japan have decided to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics "to safeguard the health of the athletes and everybody involved in the Olympic Games."

Following conference call this morning (24 Mar) with Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō, IOC President Thomas Bach said the decision was made to postpone the Olympic Games to 2021, “with the aim to have it there at the latest in summertime 2021.”

The two were joined by Mori Yoshiro, the President of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee; the Olympic Minister, Hashimoto Seiko; the Governor of Tokyo, Koike Yuriko; the Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission, John Coates; IOC Director General Christophe De Kepper; and the IOC Olympic Games Executive Director, Christophe Dubi.

President Bach and Prime Minister Abe expressed their shared concern about the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, and what it is doing to people’s lives and the significant impact it is having on global athletes’ preparations for the Games.

Yesterday, the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that the COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating, with more than 400,000 cases now recorded worldwide and in nearly every country.

Bach said, “We are facing an unprecedented challenge now because this postponement is the first ever postponement of an Olympic Games in Olympic history. The Olympic Games are the most complex event on this planet. We have to get together 11,000 athletes from 206 National Olympic Committees, as well as the IOC Refugee Olympic Team, in one place. Not only for sport and showing sporting excellence, but also living together in an Olympic Village, celebrating humanity together.”

The IOC President said the Games would be held and athletes would “have the chance and the opportunity of their life, to make their Olympic dream come true even in these uncertain times, and their preparations will need the cooperation of everybody.” He said athletes have to “come together and address this unprecedented situation together.” He added, “If we do so, if we are all standing together and everybody making his or her contribution, then I am really confident that in the end these Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 can be the light at the end of this dark tunnel we are all going through together now, and we all want to see the Olympic flame at the end of this dark tunnel.”

Bach said the Olympic flame, which arrived in Japan a couple of days ago, will stay in Japan until the Games begin. He said the decision was also made to keep the name ‘Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.’
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