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Olympics looking at postponement, likely to 2021

According to Dick Pound, the Olympics will not happen on schedule

On Monday afternoon, Canadian Dick Pound told USA Today that the Olympics will likely be postponed to 2021, with the details being worked out in the next four weeks. He told the news outlet, “On the basis of the information the IOC has, postponement has been decided. The parameters going forward have not been determined, but the Games are not going to start on July 24, that much I know.”

IOC headquarters in Lausanne. Photo: IOC/Christophe Moratal

RELATED: Canada will not send athletes to a summer 2020 Olympic Games

Both Canada and Australia announced in the past day that neither would compete in a summer 2020 Olympics. The Canadian Olympic Committee wrote: “This is not solely about athlete health–it is about public health. With COVID-19 and the associated risks, it is not safe for our athletes, and the health and safety of their families and the broader Canadian community for athletes to continue training towards these Games. In fact, it runs counter to the public health advice which we urge all Canadians to follow.”

There’s a good chance that the IOC and Tokyo organizing committee will decide to push the Games until summer 2021, a decision that the COC fully supports. However, if it’s only delayed by a few weeks, there won’t be any Canadians running if the event goes as planned.