A day after the International Olympic Committee set a four-week timetable to make a decision about the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, a veteran IOC member told USA Today Sports that a postponement of the Games has already been determined.
“On the basis of the information the IOC has, postponement has been decided,” Canadian IOC member Dick Pound told USA Today Sports.
“The parameters going forward have not been determined, but the Games are not going to start on July 24, that much I know.”
The Games taking place next summer in 2021 is the likely scenario, but Pound said the committee will use the next four weeks to work out all of the details.
Talk of a postponement began snowballing Friday when USA Swimming suggested the one-year wait in a letter to the United State Olympic and Paralympic Committee. USA Track and Field followed suit Saturday, and by Sunday night, Canada said it would not be sending a delegation if the Games went on as planned. Australia suggested something similar, and Monday morning, Germany, Norway and Brazil had urged the IOC to postpone the Games.
While the Olympic Games have been boycotted and canceled before, they have never been postponed to a later a date.