Tokyo Olympics will be postponed, likely until 2021: IOC official

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By 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Longtime International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound told USA Today on Monday that the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will be postponed, likely until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Pound, a member of the committee for decades, said “the Games are not going to start on July 24, that much I know.”

He said the parameters are still being worked out but that postponement has already been decided based on the info the IOC has.

Pound said he believes the IOC will announce its plans “soon.”

“It will come in stages,” Pound said. “We will postpone this and begin to deal with all the ramifications of moving this, which are immense.”

On Sunday, the IOC announced for the first time that it was considering postponing the games.

IOC President Thomas Bach said a decision would be made in the next four weeks. He sent a letter to athletes explaining the decision.

Pressure has been mounting on the IOC for weeks from athletes, sponsors, broadcasters, more than 200 national Olympic committees and international sports federations.

Major Olympic nations like Canada and Australia have added pressure by saying they will not send teams if the games are staged this year.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, speaking at a parliamentary session Monday, said a postponement of the Olympics would be necessary if the games cannot be held in a complete way because of the pandemic.

“If it is difficult to hold (the games) in a complete way, a decision of postponement would be unavoidable,” he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.