The Tokyo 2020 Olympics has now been officially postponed by a year to 2021, after Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reached an agreement with International Olympic Committee (IOC)on Tuesday March 24, 2020.
It is the second time in history that the city of Tokyo in Japan will miss out in hosting an Olympic in a particular year after it was giving the hosting right.
The first was the aborted Tokyo 1940 Olympics, which was eventually cancelled following the outbreak of the World War II. It denied Tokyo the opportunity to become the first Asian city to ever host the Olympics since the inception of the Games.
However, in 1964 Tokyo bounced back and eventually hosted the Olympics for the first time. It also fulfilled its dream of becoming the first Asian City to host the Olympics since the inception of the games in 1896.
The Tokyo 1964 Olympics also had its own challenges, as three Asian countries (North Korea, China and Indonesia) boycotted the Games following their participation in the Games of New Emerging Forces (GANEFO).
Now, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics which was originally expected to hold from July 24 through August 9 met with its own immediate challenge, when the outbreak of the coronavirus hit hard on global sports calendar.
The Covid-19 compelled nations and federations to alter their sporting calendar and in some cases, leading to outright cancellation, with a global death statistics of over 16,000 around the world.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics was not outrightly cancelled in this case like the 1940 Olympics, but at least it has been moved by a year to 2021. This also means Tokyo now has an opportunity to eventually host the event for a second time.
Statistically speaking, Tokyo will also become the first Asian City to host the Summer Olympics for a second time after being the first in 1964. Only two other cities from Asia aside Tokyo have hosted the Olympics since 1964. They are the Seoul 1988 Olympics which took place in South Korea and Beijing 2008 Olympics which was hosted by China.
Tokyo which is the most populated city in the World have a historical link with scaling through hurdles in an attempt to host the Olympics, but with the postponement of the 2020 games to 2021, Tokyo is billed to jump another hurdle in hosting another Olympics.