World Health Organization fully supports decision to postpone 2020 Olympics

IWAKI JAPAN- MARCH 25 A staff preserves the Olympic flame to the lantern during the 'Flame of Recovery' special exhibition at Aquamarine Park a day after the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games announced due to the cor

IOC President is “in 100-percent agreement” with Japan’s proposal to postpone Tokyo Olympics

Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee, hopes a decision on a new date for the Tokyo Games can be "agreed as soon as possible".

"I think with good working relationships, together we can get over all those technical details and ensure that people who have qualified remain qualified", he said.

Another question raised by the postponement is the impact on the IOC's incoming TOP sponsors, such as Allianz and Mengniu, whose deals start in 2021. "There was a remark that he supports Prime Minister Abe's stance 100%".

Australian Olympic Committee chief executive Matt Carroll and FFA chief executive James Johnson plan to "open up discussions" with soccer's world governing body and the Asian Football Confederation on increasing the age limit from 23 to 24 for the Tokyo tournament. "These Games are called the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 therefore for me it is a logical outcome that sponsors of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 keep their rights if these Games are organised in 2021".

Samsung is supporting the IOC's decision to postpone the Olympics until next year and has confirmed that it will work closely with the organizers 'to ensure a safe and memorable Olympic Games'.

In a joint statement, the IOC and Tokyo organizers of the Games noted the "unprecedented and unpredictable spread of the outbreak" and the desire "to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the global community".

The Olympics, due to begin in July, were postponed this week because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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