The 2020 Tokyo Olympics will have to wait a year.
According to USA Today, International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound, stated that the Summer Olympics will likely be pushed to 2021, and that a plan will be put in place on how to proceed in the next four weeks.
“On the basis of the information the IOC has, postponement has been decided,” Pound said. “The parameters going forward have not been determined, but the Games are not going to start on July 24, that much I know… We will postpone this and begin to deal with all the ramifications of moving this, which are immense,” he added.
Despite Pound’s statements, International Olympic Committee Vice President, Anita DeFrantz says she has not heard anything about the games being postponed.
“If that is the case, then you know more than a vice-president of the International Olympic Committee,” she said, referencing Pound’s announcement. “It would be news to me.”
On Sunday, the IOC said it would take up to four weeks to make a final decision on the Tokyo Olympics and the possibility of postponing it to later this year or 2021. The opening ceremony is currently set for July 24.
The announcement from Pound comes days after both Canada and Australia said they would not be sending athletes to the 2020 Games in Tokyo.
Last week, World and Olympic pole vault champion Katerina Stefanidi, said athletes were being forced to take health risks as the International Olympic Committee insists it remains fully committed to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games amid the coronavirus pandemic.
A final decision on the Olympics would be announced by the IOC president Thomas Bach or Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.