HOW DID THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO) REACT TO THE DECISION TO POSTPONE THE OLYMPIC GAMES TOKYO 2020?
In a telephone conversation on 30 March between Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo and WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Dr Tedros expressed his respect and support for the decision and stated the WHO’s desire to continue to be part of the preparations for the success of the Games.
As part of the work of the “Here We Go” Task Force currently addressing the list of issues raised by the postponement of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Qualification Task Force has approved a series of amendments to the Tokyo 2020 qualification system principles. These include an extended qualification period and new deadlines:
It is clear that all those athletes who have qualified for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 already remain qualified. This is a consequence of the fact that these Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, in agreement with Japan, will remain the Games of the XXXII Olympiad. Some 57 percent of qualification places have already been obtained. In some cases, a qualification quota place is obtained by the National Olympic Committee (NOC), and in some cases, it is obtained directly by a specific athlete. In all cases, and as per the Olympic Charter, the respective NOC retains the right to select the athletes to represent it at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
No. The 20th century’s two World Wars led several editions of the Olympic Games to be cancelled, but this will be the first time in Olympic history that the Games are postponed. More information on previous cancellations of the Games can be found here.