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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach agreed March 24 to postpone the Tokyo Olympics for about a year, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This is the first time the modern Olympics have been postponed, although war led to the cancellation of the Summer Games in 1916, and of the Summer and Winter Games in both 1940 and 1944.

“I confirmed with President Bach that there will be no cancellation,” Abe told reporters after speaking with Bach on the phone. “We agreed to hold the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in the summer of 2021 at the latest.”

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