posted by: Mike Daniels
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics will not take place as scheduled on July 24, an IOC official just announced.
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Dick Pound, a member of the International Olympic Committee announced that they have officially decided to postpone the games in light of the COVID-19 global pandemic according to TMZ.
“On the basis of the information the IOC has, postponement has been decided,” Pound said to 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.”
Canada is one nation that already announced they would not be sending athletes to compete, even before this announcement came.
"With COVID-19 and the associated risks, it is not safe for our athletes, and the health and safety of their families and the broader Canadian community for athletes to continue training towards these Games," Canadian Olympic officials said in a statement.
"Containing the virus must be our paramount concern. We are in the midst of a global health crisis that is far more significant than sport."
President Donald Trump had suggested officials postpone the games for next summer.
The decision on whether or not to postpone the Tokyo games has been weighing heavily on the IOC for weeks, and at this time, it is unclear when officials will reschedule the games according to USA Today.