In an extraordinary statement published on Thursday by the G20 Leaders’ Summit, they said: “We value the efforts to safeguard our people’s health through the postponement of major public events, in particular the decision by the International Olympic Committee to reschedule the Olympic Games to a date no later than summer 2021. We commend Japan’s determination to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 in their complete form as a symbol of human resilience.”
IOC President Thomas Bach commented: “It is a great encouragement for Japan and the IOC, and their joint commitment to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, to have this significant support of the world’s leaders by a joint G20 statement. Humankind currently finds itself in a dark tunnel. These Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 can be a light at the end of this tunnel.
IOC President: “It will require everybody’s efforts to make these Games a symbol of hope.”
IOC President: “The Olympic flame can become the light at the end of this dark tunnel”
Joint Statement from the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee