International Olympic Committee Decides to Postpone Tokyo Summer Games

Yesterday, the Canadians announced that they would not be sending any of their athletes to the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Australia and Norway did the same. Today the head of the International Olympic Committee announced that the games will be postponed altogether.

From the Bleacher Report:

The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo will be postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, likely until 2021, International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound told Christine Brennan of USA Today.

“On the basis of the information the IOC has, postponement has been decided,” Pound said. “The parameters going forward have not been determined, but the Games are not going to start on July 24, that much I know.”

The article goes on to say:

Prominent sports leagues across the world suspended play indefinitely to limit the spread of COVID-19, while UEFA postponed Euro 2020 until 2021.

The Olympics remained the most prominent holdout, however.

Japan’s Olympic minister Seiko Hashimoto told reporters March 17 the country was still proceeding with the expectation the event would begin July 24.

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