2020 Tokyo Olympics Postponed Due To Coronavirus

The Games have been postponed until next year due to the ongoing worldwide Coronavirus pandemic

2020 Tokyo Olympics Postponed Due To Coronavirus
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The Games have been postponed until next year due to the ongoing worldwide Coronavirus pandemic

2020 Tokyo Olympics Postponed Due To Coronavirus

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be postponed until the summer of next year due to the Coronavirus, it has emerged.

Japan's Prime Minster Shinzo Abe asked the Games to be postponed for the first time in their 124-year history in a phonecall with IOC President Thomas Bach.

"After his telephone talks with IOC President Bach, PM Abe spoke to the press and explained that the two have agreed that the Tokyo Olympic Games would not be cancelled, and the games will be held by the summer of 2021," the PM's Office of Japan wrote on social media.

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Golf was due to make its second appearance in the Games since 1904, after it returned at Rio 2016 for the first time in 112 years.

The men's competition was scheduled to take place from 30th July-2nd August and the women's event was set for 5th-8th August, both at Kasumigaseki Golf Club.

Great Britain's Justin Rose won the Gold Medal in the men's competition in Rio with Henrik Stenson winning Silver for Sweden and Matt Kuchar picking up Bronze for the USA.

In the women's event, Inbee Park won Gold for South Korea, Lydia Ko won Silver for New Zealand and Shanshan Feng won Bronze for China.

This is yet another big golf event postponed after The Masters and USPGA Championship were pushed back earlier this month.

It could mean that the Ryder Cup organisers will be more eager for the match to go ahead after an insider suggested to the Telegraph that commercial deals are much harder to come by during an Olympic year.

There was talk of the Ryder Cup being postponed too, but organisers called the reports "innacurate."

This could also be good news for the British Masters, which was due to take place the same week as the men's competition.

It also gives the USPGA an opportunity to take up that spot in the calendar, after the PGA of America said that it hoped the tournament could be played later in the summer.

The US Open could be the next big golf event postponed, and it likely will, as New York is the hardest-hit state in the USA with well over 20,000 cases of Covid-19 as things stand.

The tournament is due to take place at Winged Foot, just north of New York City, from 18th-21st June.

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Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2 HL

Irons: Mizuno MP-H4 3-iron, Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5