Due to the coronavirus pandemic outbreak being felt worldwide, the status of the games has been in question, and despite seemingly early resistance, the IOC decided to postpone the 2020 games with the intention of hosting the Olympics in 2021.
By then, the feeling is the coronavirus situation will be far calmer worldwide than it currently is.
Canada became the first country to remove themselves from the games entirely, announcing their decision not to send athletes on Sunday evening.
“While we recognize the inherent complexities around a postponement, nothing is more important than the health and safety of our athletes and the world community,” the Canadian Olympic Committee said in a statement. “This is not solely about athlete health, it is about public health.”
The IOC officially postponed the games on Monday. “On the basis of the information the IOC has, postponement has been decided,” longtime IOC representative Dick Pound said. “The parameters going forward have not been determined, but the Games are not going to start on July 24, that much I know.”
Pound said the Games will likely be moved to 2021, with the IOC gathering discussing how they will move forward over the next few weeks. Pound added that he anticipates the IOC to announce next steps in the near future.
“It will come in stages,” said Pound. “We will postpone this and begin to deal with all the ramifications of moving this, which are immense.”