On Sunday, March 22, IOC President Thomas Bach said he was going to take the next four weeks to decide the fate of the Tokyo Olympics, scheduled to begin July 24, but had ruled out canceling the games. However, according to USA Today, the worldwide competition will be postponed, likely to 2021, with more information to come within the next four weeks.
On Monday morning, March 23, the German, Brazil, and Norway Olympic Committees had all publicly urged the IOC to postpone the Olympics. Meanwhile, President Trump planned to leave the decision to the Prime Minister of Japan. “We will be guided by the wishes of Prime Minister Abe of Japan, a great friend of the United States and a man who has done a magnificent job on the Olympic Venue, as to attending the Olympic Games in Japan,” he tweeted. “He will make the proper decision!”
By the afternoon, Veteran International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound told USA Today Sports that the 2020 Olympics are going to be postponed, likely to 2021, with the details to be worked out in the next four weeks.
“On the basis of the information the IOC has, postponement has been decided,” Pound said in a phone interview. “The parameters going forward have not been determined, but the Games are not going to start on July 24, that much I know.” USA Today reports that Pound says the IOC will announce its next steps soon.
“It will come in stages,” he said. “We will postpone this and begin to deal with all the ramifications of moving this, which are immense.”
We will keep you updated with more details as they come in.