Report: Tokyo Summer Olympics To Be Postponed

The 2020 Games are likely to be pushed back to 2021.

670 The Score Staff
March 23, 2020 - 1:10 pm
The sun sets behind the Olympic rings at Odaiba Marine Park on March 18, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan.

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(Radio.com) The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will be postponed -- likely until 2021 -- because of the coronavirus pandemic, longtime International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound told USA Today on Monday.

"The Games are not going to start on July 24, that much I know," said Pound, a member of the committee for decades.

The parameters are still being worked out, Pound said, but that postponement has already been decided on. He believes the IOC will announce its new plans soon.

"It will come in stages," Pound told USA Today. "We will postpone this and begin to deal with all the ramifications of moving this, which are immense."

On Sunday, the IOC announced it was considering a postponement and would make a final decision within four weeks.

Major Olympic nations like Canada and Australia have added pressure by saying they won't send teams if the Games are staged this year.

IOC president Thomas Bach sent a letter to athletes explaining the decision while also acknowledging the extended timeline might not be popular.

"I know that this unprecedented situation leaves many of your questions open," he wrote. "I also know that this rational approach may not be in line with the emotions many of you have to go through."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.