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Coronavirus fight is bigger than the Olympics

With Tokyo games on hold, Japan must act to ease the economic pain

A woman takes a photograph in front of the Olympic rings at Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo.   © Reuters

The International Olympic Committee has chosen to delay the Tokyo-hosted Summer Olympics from the originally planned start of July, making the inevitable decision in the interest of the global war on the new coronavirus.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and IOC President Thomas Bach agreed in a teleconference on March 24 to push the games back by a year or so. Both men reaffirmed that an outright cancellation is off the table.

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