Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe had called the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Tuesday to call for a one-year postponement.
It is the first time ever an Olympics has been postponed during its 126-year history of the modern Games. World War I and II led to the cancellation of the Games in 1916, 1940 and 1944.
In a statement on the Olympic website, it said the Games 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”.
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