Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he’s reached a deal with the International Olympic Committee to postpone the Tokyo olympics originally scheduled for July 24 amid the coronavirus pandemic. The two agreed to reschedule the global competition for no later than July 2021, according to a joint statement.

“The unprecedented and unpredictable spread of the outbreak has seen the situation in the rest of the world deteriorating. Yesterday, the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that the COVID-19 pandemic is ‘accelerating.’ There are more than 375,000 cases now recorded worldwide and in nearly every country, and their number is growing by the hour,” the statement read.

“In the present circumstances and based on the information provided by the WHO today, the IOC President and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community.”

As of Tuesday, there are 392, 331 confirmed cases of the coronavirus worldwide.

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