Surge of cases in Africa behind cancellation of Olympics: IOC
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Surge of cases in Africa behind cancellation of Olympics: IOC

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International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said a surge in confirmed cases in Africa prompted the decision to postpone the world’s biggest sporting event.

Bach and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Tuesday that the Olympic Games, which was due to start in Tokyo on July 24, would be postponed until no later than the summer of 2021.

Zambia’s number of confirmed cases rose to 12 from three, President Edgar Lungu said in a televised address. The previous figure had not been updated since March 22, Reuters reported.

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