The Tokyo 2020 Olympics will not take place this summer, International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound has revealed. He claims the games will likely take place next summer instead. Details of when the games will take place will be discussed in the coming weeks.
“On the basis of the information the IOC has, postponement has been decided,” Pound told USA Today.
“The parameters going forward have not been determined, but the Games are not going to start on July 24, that much I know.
“It will come in stages. We will postpone this and begin to deal with all the ramifications of moving this, which are immense.”
Pound’s admission comes hours after the Canadian Olympic Committee chose to withdraw its athletes from the games.
It said it would not send athletes unless the games were postponed by one year.
Great Britain also revealed they would not send a team to Tokyo if the coronavirus chaos continued.
“We can’t see any way that this can go ahead as things are constituted,” British Olympic Association chairman Hugh Robertson said. “I expect we will be joining Canada and Australia shortly.”
The Tokyo Olympic Games has become the latest sporting event to be scrapped as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Premier League, NBA, MLS, MLB, Serie A, La Liga, PGA Tour and multiple other sporting events, tournaments and leagues have already been postponed or cancelled due to the deadly virus.
In a statement, the Canadian Olympic Committee confirmed it hadn’t taken the decision lightly, but felt it was the correct course of action.
The statement read: “The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC), backed by their Athletes’ Commissions, National Sports Organizations and the Government of Canada, have made the difficult decision to not send Canadian teams to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in the summer of 2020.
“The COC and CPC urgently call on the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to postpone the Games for one year and we offer them our full support in helping navigate all the complexities that rescheduling the Games will bring.
“While we recognize the inherent complexities around a postponement, nothing is more important than the health and safety of our athletes and the world community.
“This is not solely about athlete health – it is about public health. With COVID-19 and the associated risks, it is not safe for our athletes, and the health and safety of their families and the broader Canadian community for athletes to continue training towards these Games.
“In fact, it runs counter to the public health advice which we urge all Canadians to follow.
“The COC and CPC reviewed the letter and news release sent Sunday by the IOC. We are thankful to the IOC for its assurance that it will not be cancelling the Tokyo 2020 Games and appreciative that it understands the importance of accelerating its decision-making regarding a possible postponement.
Published at Mon, 23 Mar 2020 17:41:00 +0000