Olympic dreams are on hold for Irish athletes as Tokyo games move to 2021

Olympic dreams are on hold for Irish athletes as Tokyo games move to 2021
Ireland's Lizzie Lee, Fionnuala McCormack and Briege Connolly after competing in the Women's Marathon in the 2016 Olympics. Picture: INPHO/James Crombie

JAPAN'S Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the International Olympic Committee have agreed for the Tokyo Olympics to be postponed for a year.

A statement on the PM’s official English Twitter account read: “After his telephone talks with IOC President [Thomas] Bach, PM Abe spoke to the press and explained that the two have agreed that the Tokyo Olympic Games would not be cancelled, and the games will be held by the summer of 2021.” 

Cork Olympian Rob Heffernan.
Cork Olympian Rob Heffernan.

The IOC’s executive board is now set to formally announce a postponement later on Tuesday.

Pressure had been mounting on the IOC to confirm a delay, with athletes around the globe unable to train due to social distancing measures imposed to limit the spread of the virus.

IOC member Dick Pound told the United States media on Monday that the Games would be postponed.

And earlier today, the German Olympic Committee said the postponement of the Tokyo Games is “long overdue”.

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