2020 Olympics off, re-scheduled for 2021

The 2020 Olympics set to be held in Tokyo, Japan has been cancelled, no thanks again to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Dick Pound announced the Games will be reset for next year instead.

The IOC moved after Britain made a threat to join Canada and Australia in boycotting the biggest sports spectacle in the world.

BOYCOTT THREATS

Canada and Australia made the threat if the Olympics were held as scheduled July 24 to August 9 this year.

“On the basis of the information the IOC has, postponement has been decided. The parameters going forward have not been determined, but the Games are not going to start on July 24, that much I know,’’ Pound said.

In a response to pound’s statement, the IOC said: “It is the right of every IOC member to interpret the decision of the IOC executive board, which was announced on Sunday.’’

The IOC had earlier gave themselves a four-week deadline to decide whether to postpone the 2020 Olympics or not to the chagrin of committees from Britain, Canada and Australia.

DIFFICULT DECISION

The Canadian Olympic Committee announced they had “made the difficult decision to not send Canadian teams to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in the summer of 2020.’’

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said for the first time last Monday that the Olympic could be postponed.

“I want the Tokyo Games to be held in complete form where all the countries can attend. If we cannot hold it in a complete way, I think I have no choice but to decide to postpone it,’’ he said.

Japan last hosted the summer Olympics in 1964. It also hosted the 1972 and 1998 Winter Olympics Games.

Meanwhile, World Athletics said they are willing to move next year’s World Championships in Oregon to 2022 to accommodate the holding of a delayed Olympics.

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