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Parties agree a year delay for Japan Olympics

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a conference call Tuesday to propose a one-year postponement of the Tokyo Olympics to the International Olympic Committee, and said afterward that IOC President Thomas Bach “agreed 100 percent.”

Tuesday’s action by the prime minister is the most significant step to date in a cascading series of calls to delay the Games amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.“I have made a proposal of about a year,” Abe said.

“President Bach said he agreed 100 percent and we agreed to hold the Olympics by summer 2021.” Abe called Bach on Tuesday night in Japan to offer his plan.

The proposal came a day after the United States joined a global chorus of Olympic governing bodies advocating for a postponement, some of which had vowed not to send athletes if the Games began in July as scheduled.

Tokyo Games postponement appears inevitable as countries grow impatient with IOC]. “In light of the current conditions and for all the athletes, we made a proposal of a postponement of about a year, to hold them securely and safely,” Abe said Tuesday.