Engr Habu Gumel, President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), and his Executive Committee have joined with the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Dr. Thomas Bach, Prime Minister of Japan, Abe Shinzo and Mori Yoshiro, to join forces, the Chairman of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee in postponing the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo due to the impact of the Covid-19 which has continued to accelerate worldwide.
Gumel said this decision is best for humanity because of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Therefore, our athletes and officials should not be endangered.
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“It is currently very important to think about the summer games. We worked overtime on video calls. That is, the IOC, the Japanese government and organizers are working closely with the World Health Organization (WHO) to create the best for our athletes, officials and guests in Japan, but as far as the covid 19 has been reached, a major concern for everyone, hence the postponement ”.
Furthermore, Gumel, an IOC member, said the NOC remains committed to supporting the Sporting Federations athletes in completing their qualification process. He instructed the Federations to continue working in unity with the NOC for the betterment of all.
In the light of the WHO's advice, the IOC, the Japanese government and the organizers have decided that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo should be rescheduled by the summer of 2021 to protect athletes' health and ensure the best possible environment for them to train and participate in the games, an amalgamation of human culture, mind and sport. However, the games will retain the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games name.
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