The 2020 Tokyo Olympics has been postponed to a date no later than summer 2021, announced  International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Japanese organisers.

The coronavirus pandemic has compelled the Olympics, which was scheduled to begin from 24 July and end on 9 August this year, to be postponed for the first time in its 124-year modern history.

In a statement, the IOC said: “In the present circumstances and based on the information provided by the Who today, the IOC President and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community.”