According to multiple online reports, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will announce the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. IOC member Dick Pound was the first to break the news Monday during in an interview with USA Today.
“On the basis of the information the IOC has, postponement has been decided,” Pound said. He added, “The parameters going forward have not been determined, but the Games are not going to start on 24 July, that much I know.”
This comes after news that some countries said they would not be taking part in the Olympics if they went on as originally planned. Canada and Australia already declared they would NOT be sending athletes. Great Britain was apparently not far behind. Pound explained, “We will postpone this and begin to deal with all the ramifications of moving this, which are immense.”
Clearly, there were going to be ethical questions about holding the Olympics at a time where the world is essentially in crisis. Of course, there were also logistical questions considering the uncertainty of the global war on the virus and how athletes could possibly be physically ready to compete considering the lack of training in a time where most of the world is on lockdown.
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).”