Report: IOC member says Olympics will be postponed

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A security guard walks past the Olympic rings near the New National Stadium in Tokyo, Monday, March 23, 2020. The IOC will take up to four weeks to consider postponing the Tokyo Olympics amid mounting criticism of its handling of the coronavirus crisis that now includes a call for delay from the leader of track and field, the biggest sport at the games. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

The Olympics is largest sporting event in the world. With the world being effected by the coronavirus pandemic, the International Olympic Committee is set to postpone 2020 Olympics slated for this summer in Japan, according to a report by USA Today.

Dick Pound, a longtime IOC member, told the USA Today the Olympics will be postponed likely until 2021.

“On the basis of the information the IOC has, postponement has been decided,” Pound told USA Today 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.”

Former World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) President and chairman of the WADA independent commission Richard W Pound takes part in the presentation before the press of a report on corruption and money-laundering within international athletics on November 9, 2015 in Geneva. Just 270 days out from the start of the 2016 Rio Olympics, an independent commission set up by the WADA released its findings into a scandal already viewed as more damaging than the corruption crisis engulfing world football governing body FIFA. WADA wants lifetime bans for 5 Russian athletes, including 800m Olympic champion. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)

The day before the IOC said they would take the next four weeks to make a final decision. According to Pond, that time will more likely be used to figure out the details of postponing the games.

In Sunday’s announcement IOC President Thomas Bach ruled out cancelling the games all together.

This comes after organizations, like USA Swimming as well as USA Track and Field, called for the Olympics to be postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Both Canada and Australia said they would not be sending athletes to the Olympics in Tokyo unless the games were postponed.

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