Tokyo Olympics are postponed
Athletics Weekly|March 26, 2020
2020 GAMES AND PARALYMPICS ARE NOW SET TO TAKE PLACE NEXT YEAR
MARK SHEARMAN

Tokyo Olympic

AFTER days of mounting criticism from athletes, national Olympic committees and individual sports federations such as World Athletics, the Olympic Games in Tokyo were postponed this week until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Last Sunday the International Olympic Committee insisted the Games were still possible and it would spend the next four weeks evaluating the fast-moving world crisis caused by the disease.

However, 48 hours later – on midday Tuesday just as AW was going to press – the inevitable announcement came that the Games, as well as the Paralympics, would be put back by a year.

Pressure on the IOC to do a U-turn included Canada and Australia announcing they would not travel to Japan for the Games. World Athletics president Seb Coe also wrote to IOC president Thomas Bach last weekend to tell him that all the area athletics federations unanimously felt it was neither feasible nor desirable to stage the Olympics in July.

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