Olympic 2020 Updates - March 2020

March 23 2020


Olympics 2020 under pressure to postpone July start
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Canada Not Sending Athletes to a July Olympics - Canadian IOC Member Dick Pound Expects Postponement: UPDATE OLYMPICS OFFICIALLY POSTPONED



posted 1:45pm PT on March 23, 2020
[updated March 24, 2020, Olympics now officially postponed, story on CBC.]

The situation is fluid as they say but Canada and Australia at the time of writing have said they're not sending teams to a scheduled July Olympics in Japan.

Dick Pound an IOC member from Canada stated he believes that postponement is expected and that it's "out there now". Fox Sports took that information even further to already declare the Olympics have been postponed.

The various articles are posted below with opening snippets and links to the full article.

Articles from various news sources

The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) say they won't send athletes to compete at the Tokyo Games — set to begin July 24 — if they proceed as scheduled. Backed by the Athletes' Commissions, National Sport Organizations and the Government of Canada, the COC and CPC say they "made the difficult decision to not send Canadian teams to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in the summer of 2020."
CBC article

Veteran International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Dick Pound of Montreal believes the 2020 Tokyo Games will be postponed. Pound told The Canadian Press in a phone interview he expects the July 24 start of the Olympics to be pushed back. "You're looking at a postponement," Pound said Monday. "I think that's out there now.
CBC article

The most significant global sporting event has officially been touched by the coronavirus pandemic. Veteran IOC member Dick Pound told USA TODAY Sports that "postponement has been decided" for the 2020 Olympics, and that it won't start July 24. “On the basis of the information the IOC has, postponement has been decided. The parameters going forward have not been determined, but the Games are not going to start on July 24, that much I know,” said Pound, a former Canadian swimming champion. While details will be worked on in the coming weeks, it’s likely the games won’t happen until 2021.
Fox Sports article

Canada and Australia will not send athletes to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo because of the risks associated with the coronavirus outbreak, the Olympic committees for both countries said in separate statements.
CNN article

This week, Japan’s deputy prime minister drilled down to the real Olympic issue. It’s voodoo. Referencing the cancelled 1940 Olympics (war), the boycotted 1980 Olympics (war again) and the 2020 Tokyo Games (pestilence), Taro Aso spotted a trend. “It’s a problem that’s happened every 40 years,” Aso told a Japan parliamentary committee. “It’s the cursed Olympics, and that’s a fact.”
Globe & Mail article

Questions over whether to postpone or cancel this year’s Summer Olympics in Tokyo have swirled in recent weeks as authorities around the world scramble to contain the fast-spreading coronavirus outbreak. While some analysts say that it could be “a huge blow” to the Japan economy, others say the impact may be “modest.”
CNBC article

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