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The 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo will be postponed, likely until 2021, according to a report Monday afternoon from USA Today.
That report quoted long-time International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound as saying the games, scheduled to start on July 24, would be postponed and details would be worked out in the next four weeks concerning when they would be rescheduled.
The cause of the postponement is the outbreak of COVID-19, which has been termed a global pandemic and has shut down schools and athletic leagues, at all levels, around the world.
According to the USA Today report, several countries told the IOC it would not send delegations to the games unless they were postponed.
The 1916 Olympics were canceled because of World War I, and the 1944 Summer and Winter Games were canceled for World War II. No Olympic Games before have been suspended.
“On the basis of the information the IOC has, postponement has been decided,” Pound told USA Today’s Christine Brennan in a phone interview. “The parameters going forward have not been determined, but the Games are not going to start on July 24, that much I know.”