The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is considering a postponement of the Olympic Games for the first time. According to the IOC, a decision should be made within four weeks. The committee excluded a cancellation. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the IOC and Japan had initially spoken out against cancellation.
Japan Prime Minister Shinzō Abe also spoke of a postponement for the first time. In the parliament in Tokyo, he said that this must be expected. However, there could be no question of a cancellation. “It is difficult to hold games under these circumstances, we have to decide on a postponement, with athletes’ health a top priority,” said Abe. The final decision, however, rests with the IOC.
Canada Olympic Committee (COC) announced that due to the Corona crisis, there will be no sending of athletes this summer. The “difficult decision” was made with the approval of sports associations and the Canadian government, it said. “This is not a boycott,” said communications director Photi Sotiropoulos. The Canadian Paralympic Committee made the same decision for the Paralympics.
The COC said that they would be happy to be there next year, should this be possible with regard to the development of the pandemic and the health of the world population. In addition, the IOC is supported in solving all the problems that a shift entails. Canada is the first country to make such a decision.
The World Athletics Association has agreed to work with the IOC and all sports on an alternative date for the Summer Games. As World Athletics announced, this includes “dates in 2021” and thus the World Athletics Championships in Eugene (USA) in the coming year.
The games are currently scheduled for the period from July 24 to August 9, 2020. A move to autumn, summer 2021 or 2022 is also conceivable (Japan) planned. In 2022 the Olympic Winter Games will take place in Beijing and the World Cup in Qatar.
The pressure to make a decision had previously grown. In addition to many athletes from Germany and around the world, the swimming and athletics association of the USA had also spoken in favor of relocation