"Global swimming federation (FINA) statement: ".Following today's joint announcement by the IOC and Tokyo 2020 Organizers, concerning the postponement of the Olympic Games for 2021, FINA will now work closely with the host organizing committee of the 2021 FINA World Championships in Fukuoka, with the Japan Swimming Federation and with the Japanese public authorities, in order to determine flexibility around the dates of the competition, if necessary and in agreement with the IOC".
Winter sports have been shut down. "Given the unprecedented global challenge we face, today's news means that athletes, their coaches and support staff can now fully focus on what really matters at this terribly hard time, keeping themselves and their families safe", its chief executive, Sally Munday, added.
The IOC and Tokyo organizers released a joint statement saying the games won't be held in 2020 in an attempt "to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the worldwide community".
The coronavirus pandemic has already forced the postponement and cancellation of dozens of sporting events, including Olympic qualifiers. 9 competition would be rescheduled for the summer of 2021 at the latest as proof of victory over the virus.
The games will keep the name Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 and the Olympic flame will stay in Japan.
"The basic policy of postponement was decided today", he said. "We will postpone this and begin to deal with all the ramifications of moving this, which are enormous".
"I proposed to postpone for about a year and President Bach responded with 100 per cent agreement", PM Abe told reporters referring to Thomas Bach, head of the IOC.
Earlier on Tuesday, anonymous sources told Reuters that the IOC's previously set timeline of four weeks to come to a decision would not be needed, with a decision set to be "announced in the coming days".
Given the postponement, the Olympic torch relay will no longer flag off from Fukushima tomorrow.
Japan and the IOC have agreed to postpone the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo for up to one year. As an athlete, it's heartbreaking news about the Olympics being postponed until 2021, but it's for all the right reasons and the safety of everyone!
The Olympics have never before been delayed, though they were canceled altogether in 1916, 1940 and 1944 during the two World Wars.
"It allows athletes like myself who are now in the process of qualifying for the Olympics peace of mind, to not worry about training during these circumstances and focus on managing the transmission of the virus in our communities".
"I have ridden not just a rollercoaster but the entire theme park of emotions", Keesja Gofers, part of the Australian women's water polo team, said on Instagram.