We knew this postponement was likely to come. But it still hurts.
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics are said to be postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Veteran of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Dick Pound, broke the news USA TODAY Sports on Monday.
“Based on the information the IOC has, the postponement has been decided,” Pound said. “The parameters going forward have not been determined, but the games will not start on July 24, as far as I know.”
“I’m coming in stages,” he added. “We are postponing this and starting to deal with all the consequences of moving this, which is huge.”
Pound, the longest-serving IOC member, believes the games are most likely to be moved to 2021. Of course, if done, it will lead to a series of conflicts.
There is a comprehensive list of sporting events already planned for next summer, including but not limited to: Summer X Games, FIFA World Cup in China, IAAF World Championships in Oregon and FINA World Aquatic Championships in Japan.
At this point, it is unclear what would happen to the previously planned events if the 2020 Summer Olympics are postponed a year. Neither the IOC nor the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee have announced the formal decision yet.