Editor's note: This story was updated March 25, 2020 with a joint statement from the International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach and Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo.
March 25, 2020 - This Summer Olympics, planned to begin in July in Tokyo, will be delayed until at least 2021, International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach and Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo said in a joint statement Tuesday.
"The leaders agreed that the Olympic Games in Tokyo could stand as a beacon of hope to the world during these troubled times and that the Olympic flame could become the light at the end of the tunnel in which the world finds itself at present," the statement says. "Therefore, it was agreed that the Olympic flame will stay in Japan."
Officially, the Games are postponed "beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021," the statement said.
The move comes after several countries, including Canada and Australia, said they would not be sending athletes to the Games if they were held this summer.