LAUSANNE (AFP) - The 2020 Tokyo Olympics have been postponed to no later than the summer of 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe, the worldwide Olympic Committee announced Tuesday.

The games have been scheduled for July 24-August 9, however after cellphone discussions between IOC president Thomas Bach and japanese prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a historic joint selection become taken for the primary postponement of an Olympics in peacetime.

Abe had earlier said Bach changed into in "one hundred percent agreement" when Japan asked the IOC to keep off the video games.

The IOC had come under mounting stress in latest days to postpone the world’s biggest sporting occasion, with teams, athletes and sports activities bodies all calling for a put off.

The postponement comes after top federations introduced they might pull out of the Tokyo video games, the best-profile event to be suffering from an epidemic that has decimated the wearing calendar.

round 1.7 billion people across the world are in lockdown to save you the further spread of an epidemic which according to an AFP tally has killed over sixteen,200 human beings and inflamed extra than 377,000.