Rangers star Ianis Hagi will have to wait a bit longer if he is to get the chance to compete for Olympic gold in Tokyo after the International Olympic Committee agreed to postpone this summer’s Games in Tokyo.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke to IOC President Thomas Bach before it was confirmed the games would be held “by the summer of 2021.”

“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,” a tweet from Abe’s office said.

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Hagi was set to represent Romania later this year in Japan but they now look set to take place in 2021 instead as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Australia and Canada had already announced they wouldn’t be sending any athletes to Tokyo but today’s decision means nobody will – for 12 months anyway.

This will be the first time in history that they have been delayed, although they were cancelled in 1916, 1940 and 1944 during the two world wars.

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 20: Ianis Hagi of Rangers FC celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the UEFA Europa League round of 32 first leg match between Rangers FC and Sporting Braga at Ibrox Stadium on February 20, 2020 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

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IOC member Dick Pound yesterday claimed the body had decided to postpone the Olympics for a year and the announcement by the office of the Japanese Prime Minister confirms the historic move.

Hagi is also likely to be involved in Romania’s Euro campaign next summer – should they qualify – so it looks like being a hectic spell for the Rangers wonderkid.

 

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