Tokyo Olympics Postponed

Tokyo Olympics Postponed

The Tokyo Olympics have been postponed until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Mar 24, 2020 by Michael Sheehan

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The IOC announced on Tuesday that the Tokyo Olympics will be postponed to 2021 as the world continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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This is the first time the modern Games have been postponed. 

"In the present circumstances and based on the information provided by the WHO today, the IOC President and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community," the IOC statement said.

The decision comes after several nations and governing bodies expressed support for postponement. The IOC said on Sunday they would make a decision on the staging the Games in four weeks. Shortly after, Canada became the first country to state they would not send athletes to the Games. 

While this news will be a disappointment for many athletes, there is a silver lining. Many races which were meant to act as qualifying events have already been canceled this year. Strade Bianche was supposed to be the final qualifying event for Australian women road cyclists, which cast their roster selection into doubt. 

With the games postponed until 2021, one hopes that every athlete will have a fair shot at competing in the Summer Games.