Tokyo 2020 Olympics Postponed to 2021

Tokyo 2020 Olympics Postponed to 2021

Many various sporting events worldwide have been canceled or postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. And the Tokyo Olympic Games, set for this summer, will join them.

On Monday, International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound told USA Today that the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will be postponed, likely to 2021.

“On the basis of the information the IOC has, postponement has been decided,” Pound told USA Today. “The parameters going forward have not been determined, but the Games are not going to start on July 24, that much I know.” Details are yet to be worked out, the newspaper reported.

When asked if Pound was speaking officially for the IOC, the organization replied only that “It is the right of every IOC member to interpret the decision of the IOC EB which was announced yesterday.”  That decision was the IOC announcement that the committee will study different scenarios regarding the future of the 2020 Games. That statement goes on to say the group will finalize discussions within four weeks, and that cancellation is “not on the agenda.”

Cancellation is “not on the agenda”, said the IOC, but a “scaled-down” Games will also be considered. Postponement, up to a year, is said to be the most likely outcome.

While the Olympics have been canceled in the past, because of World War I and World War II, they have never been postponed to a different year.

The next Olympics after Tokyo are the 2022 Beijing Winter Games, followed by the 2024 Paris Summer Games, and then the 2026 Winter Games in Milan and Cortina, Italy.