If the Summer Olympics were to go on as planned in 16 months, it would be a way for the world to unite as one under the platform of sports. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The 2020 Summer Olympics have been postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It took a while for organizers and the nation of Japan to come to this conclusion, but it had to be done.

With about one-third of the world’s population currently on lockdown, there was no way for the year’s biggest sports event to go on as planned.

We’re now hearing when the postponed Olympics might start. According to Tariq Panja of the New York Times, organizers are aiming for the opening ceremony to be July 23, 2021.

“The I.O.C. said a final decision could come in weeks, but it is now much more likely to be announced earlier, according to the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of guidance issued by the I.O.C. The Japanese state broadcaster NHK on Saturday also reported the July 23, 2021 date as the new target,” the report read.

Those in charge of the Olympics will meet on Sunday to decide on the future of the event. However, multiple reports claim that it will indeed begin in late July of next year.

If the Summer Olympics were to go on as planned in 16 months, it would be a way for the world to unite as one under the platform of sports. There have been 657,000 cases of COVID-19 worldwide with more than 30,000 deaths.

This article first appeared on Sportsnaut and was syndicated with permission.


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