The International Olympic Committee has decided to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games because of the coronavirus pandemic, IOC member Dick Pound told to media.
(However, an official announcement was not yet made. The IOC executive board said Sunday has given itself a four-week deadline to make a decision). When informed of Pound's comments and asked for an IOC response, spokesman Mark Adams said, "It is the right of every IOC member to interpret the decision of the IOC executive board which was announced (Sunday)." This may happens because the details will be worked out in the next four weeks. Postponing the games appears a realistic option. "Postponement isn't our first course of action but we cannot not consider it as a realistic option either," Japanese Committee President Yoshiro Mori said in a news conference Monday. The games, scheduled for July 24-Aug. 9, were likely to be held in 2021.
This is a promise for a later moment
The Olympics have never before been delayed, though they were cancelled altogether in 1916, 1940 and 1944 during the two world wars, and major Cold War boycotts disrupted the Moscow and Los Angeles Games in 1980 and 1984. Fact is, at this time, health experts warned holding 2020 Summer Games too soon risks spreading coronavirus more. The spread of the coronavirus also has interrupted Olympic qualification procedures. Some coutries have already said they would not send athletes to Tokyo this year and multiple athletes have raised their own concerns