Kiren Rijiju welcomes IOC's decision of postponing Tokyo Olympics 2020
- The Sports Minister has called for athletes to remain positive despite the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics.
- Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe confirmed earlier today that the Olympics will be contested in the summer of 2021.
Indian Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has heaped praised on the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) decision to postpone the Tokyo Olympics 2020 in a recent tweet.
In his tweet, Rijiju has asked for the athletes to remain optimistic of the larger opportunities that lie in front of them in the coming year.
After weeks of speculation around the possible postponement of this year's Olympics, it was confirmed earlier today that the quadrennial event will be contested in the summer of 2021.
Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe earlier this evening confirmed the delay in commencement of the Olympics, claiming that he, along with IOC chief Thomas Bach, decided to take the call in view of the health concerns posed by the coronavirus.
A few days earlier, the Canadian and Australian Olympic committees confirmed their withdrawal from the Tokyo Olympics, sending out a clear message that their athletes' safety was of paramount importance.
Yesterday, reports surfaced that the Japan PM had indeed proposed a one-year delay of the Olympics. While the IOC's response was unclear, today's confirmation has also brought with it a whole lot of questions.
Given that all the sports will yet again host a qualification cycle for the next year, it remains to be seen if all the qualified athletes are forced to go through the whole process again.
If not, the postponement will see a few athletes breathe a sigh of relief for they now have the chance to push for a berth over the next 10-12 months.Published 24 Mar 2020, 22:53 IST