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Victory over pandemic vital to stage postponed Tokyo Olympics

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The 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics have been postponed by "about one year" due to the new coronavirus pandemic.

Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have formally agreed on the one-year delay in the Summer Games, which were scheduled to start in late July. The IOC Executive Board unanimously approved the delay in an emergency session.

The decision was made at lightning speed, only two days after the Olympic governing body said it would start looking into options including postponing the event and reach a conclusion in four weeks.

Other options, including moving the event to later this year and a two-year delay, were also discussed, but there was no detailed explanation from Olympic organizers about why a one-year postponement was the best solution or how they had weighed the advantages and disadvantages of each proposal.

Until the new date for the mammoth sporting event is determined, it is impossible to figure out solutions........

© The Asahi Shimbun