The 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report from USA Today.
Although the details have not yet been worked out, this summer’s Olympics are likely to be put on hold until 2021, International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound told USA Today on Monday.
“On the basis of the information the IOC has, postponement has been decided,” Pound told USA Today’s Christine Brennan. “The parameters going forward have not been determined, but the Games are not going to start on July 24, that much I know.”
The Tokyo Games were scheduled to run from July 24 to Aug. 9, but the IOC had announced Sunday that it was considering postponing the Olympics and would make a final call within the next four weeks.
An Olympic postponement also will push back the U.S. Olympic Trials for Track & Field that had been scheduled for June 19-28 at Hayward Field in Eugene. It also would put into question the timing for the 2021 World Outdoor Championships, also set for Hayward Field.
Pressure had been mounting on the IOC for weeks, from athletes, sponsors, broadcasters, more than 200 national Olympic committees and international sports federations. Canada and Australia said they would not send their athletes to the Games if they were held this year.
The United States governing bodies of swimming and track — two of the three top-tier Summer Games sports — had called on their national Olympic officials to push for a postponement.
— The Associated Press contributed to this report.