TOKYO: The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on July 7 that country will continue to work towards the success of the Olympic Games next summer and will do so in close collaboration with relevant authorities.
The statement was regarding a resolution adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in New York to postpone the Olympic truce for the Tokyo 2020 Games.
As the coronavirus continues spreads globally, organizers complied with the demands of politicians, sports federations and athletes around the world by delaying the highly anticipated event that was due to start on July 24, to next summer.
The postponed Tokyo Olympics will retain the name “Tokyo 2020” despite the fact that the expected occurrence of the event is in 2021.
The U.N. regularly approves a decision that urges Member States to observe the Olympic Truce during the Olympic and Paralympic Games, a custom that has been implemented since the 1994 Lillehammer Games in Norway.
Despite the postponement of the Olympic Games to 2021, the name “Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020” will be retained. Merchandise and signage promoting Tokyo 2020, which had previously been heavily invested into during the Games’ preparation period, can still be seen throughout the Japanese capital.
The Tokyo Games are expected to take place in July and August of 2021, marking the second time that the Olympics will be held in Tokyo, which previously hosted the Games in 1964.