Tokyo Olympics to be postponed till 2021: IOC's Dick Pound

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International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound has said that the Tokyo Olympics 2020 will be postponed by a year until 2021 as the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, USA Today reported on Monday.

According to the publication, the IOC, despite announcing a four week deadline, has already decided to postpone the Games as major sporting countries namely Australia, Canada and United Kingdom have opted out.

"On the basis of the information the IOC has, postponement has been decided," Pound said.

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"The parameters going forward have not been determined, but the Games are not going to start on 24 July, that much I know."

Furthermore, Pound said that the details of shifting the Games will materialise in the upcoming four weeks adding that the IOC will be announcing them soon.  

"It will come in stages," he said.

"We will postpone this and begin to deal with all the ramifications of moving this, which are immense."

Tokyo Olympics to be postponed till 2021: IOC's Dick Pound