IOC: Tokyo Olympics to be postponed

 Tuesday, March 24, 2020 

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Due to the global coronavirus crisis, a veteran member of the International Olympic Committee announced that 2020 Summer Olympic Games will be postponed.

 

Dick Pound, International Olympic Committee  mentioned that the games were likely to be pushed to 2021.  Considering the information IOC has the postponement has been decided, the parameters going forward have not been determined but the games will not start on July 24.

The first real confirmation that the governing body would delay the games was offered by Pound the most influential members of the IOC for decades.

Until the pandemic subsides the growing number of athletes and organizations around the world called for postponing the competition.

Pound said that it will come in stages and we will postpone this and begin to deal with all the ramifications of moving this, which are immense.

The International Olympic Committee faced broad pressure from governments, sponsors, broadcasters and sports federations and would wait as many as four weeks to work out the logistics and make a final decision.

At the parliamentary session Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that the  postponement of the Tokyo Olympics would be necessary if the games cannot be held in a complete way because of the pandemic.

 

 

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach a day earlier sent a letter to athletes explaining the committee’s decision to delay a suspension for four weeks.

 

He said that this unprecedented situation leaves many of their questions open and this rational approach may not be in line with the emotions many  have to go through.

On Monday, Britain was expected to announce that it will not be sending its athletes to the games.

The CEO of the U.S. Olympic team had not made a public call to delay the games even though there was pressure to do so from USA Track and Field and USA Swimming, which has urged a 12-month delay.

Over 4,000 Olympic hopefuls were surveyed by USOPC over the weekend and were asked about the training and medical conditions in places they live along with their thoughts about when the Olympics should take place.

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