As more teams urge Olympics delay because of coronavirus, IOC considers postponement

Dave Uram
March 23, 2020 - 10:45 am

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The International Olympic Committee will take the next four weeks to decide whether to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Olympics because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Olympic Games are scheduled to run July 24 through Aug. 9, but there has been a lot of push to postpone them. So, over the next four weeks, the IOC will consult with a number of groups responsible for putting on the Olympics to decide how they can go about holding the Games or if they need to push back the start. This includes the Paralympics, which are scheduled for a month later.

Over the past few days, U.S. Swimming and U.S. Track and Field called for a postponement. Canada won't send its athletes unless the Games are postponed by a year. Australia advised its athletes to get ready for a 2021 Olympics Brazil, Sloveenia and Norway would like later dates as well.

Training is difficult to do right now with athletes required to stay at home most of the time. Safety is obviously a major concern as well.

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he thinks it will be necessary to postpone the Games if they can't happen in "complete form."

One thing the IOC said it is not considering is cancellation.