Mark another sporting event off your calendar for 2020.
This was probably inevitable. After Canada and Australia announced they were not sending teams to the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games, the IOC finally decided to drop the charade and tell everyone what we already knew. The Games will not be held this summer; they will be postponed, and it’s likely they will be held in 2021.
IOC member Dick Pound, a Canadian, told USA Today‘s Christine Brennan “On the basis of the information the IOC has, postponement has been decided,” in a phone call. “The parameters going forward have not been determined, but the Games are not going to start on July 24, that much I know.”
While IOC President Thomas Bach still maintains that the games will not be canceled, Sunday he announced the decision for when the Games will be held will be made in the next four weeks.
“It will come in stages,” Pound continued. “We will postpone this and begin to deal with all the ramifications of moving this, which are immense.”
According to USA Today, when the IOC spokesperson Mark Adams was told Pound’s comments, he remarked “It is the right of every IOC member to interpret the decision of the IOC executive board which was announced yesterday.”
This could be good news, however, for athletes trying to prepare for the Games, since many countries have suspended Olympic trials. If you’re one of those disappointed athletes, you now have a reprieve, and probably a whole year, to recover.
The rest of the world will probably need every bit of it.