On the 24th March 2020, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asked the IOC to postpone the games until 2021. This news came after a number of calls to the IOC and Japanese government to react to the pandemic and reschedule the event in some way. Postponement makes much more sense than moving or cancelling the games, both of which would have wasted an unimaginable amount of time, money and resources. It is also preferable to holding a no-audience games, with the loss of ticket sales representing a massive financial blow. In this way the Olympics and Paralympics can both be held in 2021 before Abe, Japan’s longest serving prime minister, is expected to leave office, and so that the Olympics can be a symbol of defiance and defeat of the coronavirus pandemic.