The Japanese Prime Minister announced that the games will be pushed back into 2021. The decision came after weeks of pressure from athletes to postpone, colliding with weeks of resistance by the game's organizers in Japan.
The vast majority of Japanese were enthusiastic about the Olympics returning to the capital. But the coronavirus crisis has raised concerns about a new surge in infections and triggered renewed questions about costs.
The now-deleted post from the IOC recalled the Berlin Olympics of 1936 along with the words "stronger together." Those summer games in the German capital were used to spread Nazi propaganda.
A year away from the start of the rearranged Tokyo Olympics, Human Rights Watch have claimed there is a culture of physical and verbal abuse aimed at Japan's young athletes. The country's response is not yet clear.
The landslide reelection of Yuriko Koike as governor of Japan's capital Tokyo has fueled speculation that she will run again for prime minister. But it would not be plain sailing in view of her mixed record.
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