TOKYO – According to official veteran International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be postponed.
In an interview with USA Today, Pound said that the games are likely to be postponed to 2021, with details to be worked out in the coming 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.
Pound, a Canadian who has been one of the most influential members of the IOC for decades, said he believes 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.”
The announcement comes days after Australia and Canada both withdrew from the Olympics, that they would not send their athletes to the games if it was held this summer.