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COVID-19 Spread: IOC Postpones 2020 Tokyo Olympics to 2021

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has officially postponed the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan to next year, according to a BBC report. This comes after series of concerns for the organizing committee to consider the threat of the Coronavirus Pandemic. Canada was the first Nation to withdraw their Athletes from the games. There were series of calls for the organizers – the International Olympic Committee IOC and the host Japan to postpone the event because of the growing threat of the Coronavirus pandemic that has devastated other countries. According to the BBC, the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games has been officially postpone until next year because of the worldwide Coronavirus pandemic. A joint statement from the organizers of Tokyo 2020 and the International Olympic Committee IOC says, due to the unprecedented and unpredictable spread of the outbreak which has seen some countries reeling from the effects of the Coronavirus, it is necessary to postpone the Games to a conducive time when there would be no health emergency in the world. The National Olympic Committee of Sierra Leone is charged with the responsibility for managing Sporting Associations to represent Sierra Leone at every Olympic Games. Unisa Deen Kargbo is the Chef de Mission for the National Olympic Committee in Sierra Leon. In an interview with AYV, he said some parts of their preparations have also been postponed. Mr. Kargbo said since government has through the Ministry of Sports banned all sporting activities this has prevented athletes from training for the competition and have adhered to precautionary measures. He noted that the pronouncement by the International Olympic Committee and the organizing committee in Japan is welcome news but that the National Olympics Committee in Sierra Leone is still functional in terms of preparations for the games in 2021.

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