Coronavirus update: New date for Tokyo Olympics ‘likely’ set

The Boston Globe reports organizers have a new target date for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which was postponed last week because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Summer Olympics in Tokyo, postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, will likely open on July 23, 2021, according to people familiar with the matter. … The IOC said a final decision could come in weeks, but it is now much more likely to be announced earlier, according to the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of guidance issued by the IOC. Japanese state broadcaster NHK on Saturday also reported July 23, 2021, as the new target.

The 2020 Summer Games had been set to start on July 24. But on Monday, IOC member Dick Pound told USA Today the games are likely moving to 2021, with details to be worked out over the next month.

“On the basis of the information the IOC has, postponement has been decided,” Pound said in a phone interview. “The parameters going forward have not been determined, but the Games are not going to start on July 24, that much I know.”

The tipping point appeared to come early Monday, when ESPN reported “Canada won’t send athletes to the Olympics in Tokyo unless the Games are postponed by one year.”

Following that announcement, ESPN reported the Australian Olympic Committee told its athletes to prepare for the 2020 Summer Games to be held in 2021.

USA Today reported Germany, Brazil and Norway joined Monday in the call for the games to be postponed.

Momentum for postponing the games began to build the week prior, when ESPN reported USA Swimming and USA Track & Field called for a delay of the games.

This is the first time the Olympics has been “suspended.” However the 1940 and 1944 Summer and Winter Olympics were canceled because of World War II, and the 1916 Summer Olympics was canceled because of World War I.

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