The Tokyo Olympics have been postponed.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said his country and the International Olympic Committee came to an agreement following growing calls for the games to be delayed or canceled because of the concerns around coronavirus pandemic.
“We have agreed to hold Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, at the very latest, by the summer of 2021,” Abe said.
The Olympics is the biggest event yet to be affected by the growing pandemic.
The IOC has dealt with potential health threats in the recent past, but none that affected the scheduled timeline.
There were concerns about the bird flu ahead of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, Zika during the 2016 Rio Olympics and swine flu before the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.