With no end to the Wuhan virus pandemic in sight, the 2020 Summer Olympics will be postponed, the International Olympic Committee said Monday.
Committee member Dick Pound made the announcement in an interview with USA Today. “On the basis of the information the IOC has, postponement has been decided,” Pound told the paper. “The parameters going forward have not been determined, but the Games are not going to start on July 24, that much I know.”
Pound also said the event, set to take place in Tokyo, “will likely be moved to 2021,” describing the consequences of that delay as “immense.”
“It will come in stages,” Pound explained. “We will postpone this and begin to deal with all the ramifications of moving this, which are immense.”
Olympic medalist Emma Coburn, a runner on USA’s track and field team, tweeted “Our dreams aren’t cancelled, they are just postponed.”
Our dreams aren’t cancelled, they are just postponed. Looking forward to dreams coming true for athletes everywhere in 2021 ❤️ #Tokyo2021
— emma coburn (@emmajcoburn) March 23, 2020