This year’s Summer Olympics in Tokyo have become the latest victim to the COVID-19 outbreak, with an International Olympic Committee official confirming the decision this evening.
IOC member Dick Pound spoke to USA Today, where he confirmed that this summer’s games will not take place until a later date.
“On the basis of the information the IOC has, postponement has been decided” Pound explained.
“The parameters going forward have not been determined, but the Games are not going to start on July 24th, that much I know.
“We will postpone this and begin to deal with all the ramifications of moving this, which are immense.”
The Olympic postponement follows the UEFA European Championships, Coachella and Glastonbury as major summer events that have incurred the wrath of Coronavirus, which continues to spread around the world, claiming an alarming amount of lives every day and generating global economic crises.
Canada had informed the IOC that they would not be sending any athletes to the games unless they were postponed
It is expected that the games will now take place next summer, instead. They were due to commence on 24th July, closing on 9th August.