The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are to be postponed by one year because of coronavirus according to a statement given by the International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound.
The shocking reports came in after the chairman of the British Olympic Association decided not to send its team to Tokyo this summer due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Other countries like Australia and Canada have already pulled out from the Olympic games and are not sending their teams to Japan either.
“On the basis of the information the IOC has, the postponement has been decided,” Pound told USA today.
“The parameters going forward have not been determined, but the Games are not going to start on 24 July, that much I know.”
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games postponed until 2021
The International Olympic Committee has given itself four weeks to decide on the future of this summer’s Games, but veteran IOC member Pound says a decision will be announced soon.
“It will come in stages,” he said. “We will postpone this and begin to deal with all the ramifications of moving this, which are immense.”
As of Sunday, there had been 5,683 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United Kingdom, with 281 deaths according to reports received so far.
The UK government has urged the public to follow advice on social distancing, with stricter measures being demanded by MPs to ensure people comply.
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