The Tokyo Olympics were postponed until 2021 on Tuesday, ending weeks of speculation that the Games could not go ahead as scheduled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The International Olympic Committee made the decision after speaking with Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and local organizers.

The IOC said the Games will be held “not later than summer 2021” but they will still be called the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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Before the official announcement, Abe said Bach had agreed with his proposal for a one-year postponement.

The decision came only a few hours after local organizers said the torch relay would start as planned on Thursday. Those plans also changed.

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