Coronavirus: Canadian IOC member expects 2020 Olympics will be postponed

Tanya Simon
March 24, 2020

'The IOC is confident that it will have finalised these discussions within the next four weeks, and greatly appreciates the solidarity and partnership of the NOCs and IFs in supporting the athletes and adapting games planning, ' the IOC said.

The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee on Monday called for the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Games, citing "enormous" disruptions to training and the qualification process due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Abe said that while cancelling the Games was not an option, a delay was now on the cards if that was the only way to hold the event in its complete form.

An official announcement from Tokyo 2020 could come on Monday as the executive board are meeting and then holding a press conference afterwards.

A man walks past a display showing a countdown to the start of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo yesterday.

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In a letter to Bach, seen by insidethegames, World Athletics President Sebastian Coe said Tokyo 2020 taking place as planned in July and August is "neither feasible nor desirable" amid growing global concern over the pandemic.

If the Olympics are called off, it would be the biggest event to be halted by the COVID-19 outbreak. "There's going to be a postponement", Pound said.

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Argentine sailor Santiago Lange, who is bidding for a seventh Olympic appearance, told Reuters that: "It's a moment to be together and I think the only solution is to take the decision day-by-day and to cancel the Games, we still have time".

Several nations are calling for the Olympics to be pushed back until at least next year.

"While we recognize the inherent complexities around a postponement, nothing is more important than the health and safety of our athletes", they said.

The findings come amid mounting worldwide demands for a postponement of the Olympics.

The apparent decision comes after the Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Paralympic Committee issued statements on Sunday that they would not send Canadian athletes to compete unless the Olympics were postponed for one year.

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