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Olympics postponement gives Indonesian sports stakeholders breathing space

  • Ramadani Saputra

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 26 2020   /  12:37 am
In high spirits: The Olympic flame is displayed at the Aquamarine Fukushima aquarium in Iwaki in Fukushima prefecture, Japan, on Wednesday, the day after the historic decision to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.(AFP/Philip Fong)(AFP/Philip Fong)

In high spirits: The Olympic flame is displayed at the Aquamarine Fukushima aquarium in Iwaki in Fukushima prefecture, Japan, on Wednesday, the day after the historic decision to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.(AFP/Philip Fong)The Indonesian sporting world appeared to breathe a synchronized sigh of relief after it was announced that this year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games would be postponed for a year, allowing the government and affected sports associations to shift their focus toward keeping their athletes healthy and the global COVID-19 pandemic at bay.

Months of uncertainty regarding the hosting of the Tokyo Games came to an end on Tuesday night after International Olympic Committee (IOC) chief Thomas Bach and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed to postpone the games until 2021, allowing countries to prioritize the well-being of their athletes.

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