IOC To Give It Four Weeks Before Postponing 2020 Summer Olympics In Tokyo

The International Olympic Committee announced on Sunday that they will wait four weeks before deciding whether the 2020 Summer Olympic games will happen in Tokyo, Japan. The games are slated to start on July 23 and run through August 9.

In an open letter to athletes, IOC president Thomas Bach said that amid the coronavirus pandemic, “Human lives take precedence over everything,” and so the global organization will spend the next month figuring out the best option for the Tokyo Olympics.

In a statement, the IOC said it “needs to take the next step in its scenario-planning.”

Many speculate that the NHL cutoff date for the 2019-20 will be near the start of the Olympic games.

“The IOC EB emphasized that a cancellation of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 would not solve any of the problems or help anybody,” the IOC said in a statement. “Therefore, cancellation is not on the agenda.”

It’s the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began that the IOC has said it’s considering other options.

Bach released the letter after the IOC’s executive board met. There has been talk that the games could be postponed for another year but not canceled, which had been proposed by both the Brazilian and Slovenian National Olympic committees, respectively. The Norwegian committee has expressed that they did not want athletes going to Tokyo until the virus is under control.

“The IOC EB emphasized that a cancellation of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 would not solve any of the problems or help anybody,” the IOC said in a statement. “Therefore, cancellation is not on the agenda.”

The IOC confirmed that it held a meeting with the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, the Japanese authorities, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to discuss the coronavirus’s impact on the planet and the best options for the games.

The American swimming and track teams have come to their representatives calling for postponement.

In consulting with the World Health Organization, the IOC says that it’s too early to make a final decision on whether to postpone the upcoming games.

Leagues of all sports across the world have either canceled, suspended, or paused their respective seasons including three of the major leagues across the United States due to the virus. None of the leagues have given a timeline for a return if they do at all.

By Harrison Brown

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