Amid mounting pressure for the 2020 Olympics to be postponed, and countries like Australia and Canada even withdrawing their athletes, a member of the International Olympic Committee has reportedly revealed that the games will be postponed to 2021. Veteran committee member Dick Pound told USA Today that the details of the postponement would be figured out in the next four weeks.
In a phone interview, Pound said, “On the basis of the information the IOC has, postponement has been decided. The parameters going forward have not been determined, but the Games are not going to start on July 24, that much I know.”
Concerning next steps, Pound believes the IOC will soon make an official announcement.
“It will come in stages,” he said. “We will postpone this and begin to deal with all the ramifications of moving this, which are immense.”
As recently as Sunday, it still appeared that the IOC had yet to arrive at a final decision regarding the Olympics’ cancellation or postponement. In a Sunday announcement, IOC President Thomas Bach announced that he would decide the fate of the Olympics over the next four weeks, but ruled out the prospect of canceling the games entirely.
The IOC has not issued an official statement yet confirming the Games’ cancellation, but such an announcement is likely imminent.
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