Veteran International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Dick Pound announced on Monday that the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Summer Games are going to be postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Dick Pound said in a phone interview with USA Today that “on the basis of the information the IOC has decided to postpone the games. The parameters going forward have not been determined, but the games are not going to start on July 24, that much I know.”
Australia and Canada had already withdrawn on Monday as organizers came under global pressure to postpone the event for the first time in its 124-year modern history.
Pound told Reuters that a one-year postponement looked like the best solution. This would mean the Games, which had been scheduled for July 24-August 9, are likely to be held in the summer of 2021.
Japan and the IOC said that the total cancellation of the Games was not an option. But finding a new date could be complicated as the summer calendar of 2021 is already crowded, while 2022 will see the soccer World Cup and the Beijing Winter Olympics.
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