2020 Tokyo Olympic Games May Be Postponed to 2021

By Paul Riegler on 23 March 2020
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Postponing the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games may be a foregone conclusion said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday.

The prime minister said that this may be a necessary step if the games cannot be held in “a complete” manner.

“If that is difficult, we would have no choice but to decide to postpone with athletes in the first priority,” he said, emphasizing that canceling the Tokyo Games was not an option.

Indeed, the likelihood that the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games could be postponed seems to be increasing after the Canadian Olympic Committee said it would not send a team to the 2020 games because of the pandemic and the German and Australian Olympic Committees said that the games’ organizers needed to make a decision in a timeframe sooner than the four-week period that was announced Sunday.

On Monday, a member of the International Olympic Committee told the newspaper USA Today that the event would likely be postponed and likely held in 2021.

“On the basis of the information the IOC has, postponement has been decided,” Pound told the paper. “The parameters going forward have not been determined, but the Games are not going to start on July 24, that much I know… We will postpone this and begin to deal with all the ramifications of moving this, which are immense.”

Pound later told reporters he did not speak officially for the IOC.

Also on Monday, Yoshiro Mori, president of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, said the IOC and Japan would plan to “closely examine” the various scenarios available to them, hinting strongly that the organizers would prefer to hold the Olympics at some point in 2020

Anita DeFrantz, a 1976 Olympic bronze medalist and vice president of the IOC, said Monday that she has not heard anything official about the postponement of the games.

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