The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will be postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic, a committee member told USA Today in an interview Monday.
“On the basis of the information the IOC has, postponement has been decided,” veteran International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound told the newspaper. “The parameters going forward have not been determined, but the Games are not going to start on July 24, that much I know.”
The IOC will announce its next steps soon, said Pound, a Canadian former swimming champion.
“We will postpone this and begin to deal with all the ramifications of moving this, which are immense,” he told USA Today.
Australia and Canada had already announced they would not compete in the Tokyo Games if they took place as originally scheduled.
The IOC said Sunday that officials were considering postponing the games, but they have repeatedly insisted the event will not be canceled.
“The IOC [executive board] emphasized that a cancellation of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 would not solve any of the problems or help anybody. Therefore, cancellation is not on the agenda,” the committee said Sunday.
Large gatherings — including other sporting events across the globe — have been canceled over the coronavirus, which has infected more than 367,000 people globally, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.