Less than 24 hours after Canada announced it would not be sending its athletes to the Summer Olympics, a decision has reportedly been made on the Tokyo Games.
Veteran IOC member Dick Pound has reportedly told USA TODAY Sports that the 2020 Summer Olympics, set to take place in Tokyo, Japan, will be postponed.
Several countries had been calling for the Summer Olympics to be delayed due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. The virus has halted sports across the world, including the United States, where the NCAA Tournament was canceled and several leagues - NBA, MLB, NHL - suspended play.
The 2020 Summer Olympics will likely be pushed to 2021 and the details should be worked out in the next month, per USA TODAY's report. The Tokyo Games were scheduled to begin on July 24.
“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.”
IOC President Thomas Bach had said on Sunday that he would take the next month to make an ultimate decision on the Summer Olympics. Ultimately, the IOC and Japan had no real choice - the Tokyo Games had to be postponed.
Canada announced Sunday night that it would not send any of its athletes to Japan unless the Olympics were postponed. Several other countries would've followed suit.
Here's to 2021 being one epic sports year.