Athletes and sports organizations around the world have largely welcomed the decision by the Japanese government and International Olympic Committee to postpone the Tokyo Games for around a year in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and IOC President Thomas Bach agreed Tuesday to delay the games, originally scheduled for July 24 to Aug. 9, as the world battles to contain the pneumonia-causing virus.

The announcement came a day after Canada said it would not send a team to the Olympics, with other international organizations also voicing reservations about proceeding with the games in 2020.