Official Says 2021 Likely — Olympics Postponed

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"The faster the decision the better it is for the entire Olympic movement".

The apparent decision comes after the Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Paralympic Committee issued statements on Sunday that they would not send Canadian athletes to compete unless the Olympics were postponed for one year.

"We can't see any way that this can go ahead as things are constituted", British Olympic Association chairman Hugh Robertson said. "I think that's out there now. I suspect that we'll be joining Canada and Australia shortly".

"This is not exclusively about athlete health - it is about public health". It makes sense. Coronavirus is quickly spreading throughout the world and there are growing fears that more people could become sick.

Pound is a veteran member of the International Olympic Committee and was the first president of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

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"You're looking at a postponement", Pound said Monday.

The statement contradicts previous assurances from the IOC and the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee that the Games will go on as scheduled. "We are committed to taking a responsible approach, and to getting back into the water as soon as safely possible".

The viral outbreak has taken a heavy toll on the world of sports.

Additionally, IOC President Thomas Bach has allegedly ruled out canceling the 2020 Games altogether.

"It makes ideal sense to play through all conceivable scenarios instead of rushing to cancel the summer season".

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"In fact, it runs counter to the public health advice which we urge all Canadians to follow". They have been running through many different scenarios and logistical options.

"A lot of National Olympic Committees and countries are calling for a postponement". The Australian Olympic Committee briefed its athletes to prepare for Olympics competition in 2021 instead.

The 2020 Olympics have been postponed. That being said, it's clear that the smart, safe choice has been made. "The right choice was made, but it doesn't make it any easier".

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is making final arrangements to support Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike's re-election in a July gubernatorial race, sources familiar with the matter said Monday.

"Although I am upset that the Olympics will not be happening this year, I agree that this is the best decision in order to keep the athletes and spectators healthy and to prevent the virus from spreading further", US gymnast Morgan Hurd said in a tweet, reacting to Pound's comments. OUR HEALTH IS MORE important than sport.

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