Updated at 6:13 p.m. ET
The Tokyo Summer Olympics will not begin in late July and instead will be held "by the summer of 2021," Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Tuesday. The delay comes after an increasing number of athletes and sporting federations called for the games to be delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is the first time an Olympics has been postponed, though the games were canceled three times, because of World War I and World War II.