Tokyo Olympics 2020: Bajrang Punia welcomes IOC's decision to postpone Games, says athletes' health comes first

Wrestler Bajrang Punia on Tuesday welcomed the International Olympic Committee's decision to postpone the Tokyo Olympics due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Asian News International March 24, 2020 23:04:42 IST
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Bajrang Punia welcomes IOC's decision to postpone Games, says athletes' health comes first

New Delhi: Wrestler Bajrang Punia on Tuesday welcomed the International Olympic Committee's decision to postpone the Tokyo Olympics due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The wrestler also said that health of the athletes always come first and as a result, the decision to postpone the games was a necessary one.

Tokyo Olympics 2020 Bajrang Punia welcomes IOCs decision to postpone Games says athletes health comes first

File image of Bajrang Punia Image Courtesy: Twitter @Media_SAI

"I told you earlier as well that postponing the Olympics will be the right thing to do looking at the present scenario. Every athlete's health comes first, so as a result, I would say this is a good decision as coronavirus has put the entire world in a lockdown," Punia told ANI.

Earlier on Tuesday, for the first time in the history of the mega global event, the Olympics were postponed by a year.

The decision was confirmed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) after the organising body for the event and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed to reschedule the Tokyo Olympics in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Olympics were cancelled in the past but were never postponed.

In 1916, 1940 and 1944, the Games were cancelled because of the World Wars.

The Tokyo Olympics will now take place next year.

The IOC has, however, said that the original name of Tokyo 2020 will remain intact irrespective of the fact that it will take place next year.

"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," the IOC said in an official statement.

The Tokyo Olympic Games were slated to be held from 24 July to 9 August, while the Paralympic Games were scheduled to be held from 25 August to 6 September.

Click here to follow LIVE updates on coronavirus outbreak

Updated Date:

also read

Joe Biden's chief medical advisor Anthony Fauci tests positive for COVID-19
World

Joe Biden's chief medical advisor Anthony Fauci tests positive for COVID-19

The 81-year-old Fauci, who is fully vaccinated and has received two booster shots, was experiencing mild COVID-19 symptoms. He tested positive on a rapid antigen test

India logs 13,216 new COVID-19 cases in past 24 hours, active caseload rise to 68,108
India

India logs 13,216 new COVID-19 cases in past 24 hours, active caseload rise to 68,108

The active cases comprise 0.16 per cent of the total infections. The national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.63 per cent, the healthy ministry said

India logs 8,822 fresh COVID-19 cases, 15 deaths in the past 24 hours
India

India logs 8,822 fresh COVID-19 cases, 15 deaths in the past 24 hours

The count of active cases now comprises 0.12 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.66 per cent, the health ministry said