Olympic athletes, sports world react to reported postponement of 2020 Tokyo Games

In the context of the effect the coronavirus has actually had on the global sports landscape, what appeared like an inevitability for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo will soon end up being areality International Olympic Committee member Cock Pound states the Games will be delayed, most likely to 2021.

“On the basis of the information the IOC has, postponement has been decided,” Pound told USA Today. ” The criteria moving forward have actually not been identified, however the Games are not going to start on July 24, that much I understand.”

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Lots of prepared for such a proceed the part of the IOC, particularly after countries like Canada and Australia declared they would not get involved if the Olympics are held as arranged this summer season. The responses flooded social media in the wake of U.S.A. Today’s report.

Below are a couple of of those responses.

Rosie MacLennan, two-time Olympic gold medalist, on Canada’s decision to withdraw from the Tokyo Olympics:

“Now is not the time to be focused on high-performance sport. Now is the time to be focused on what’s going on in the health of the country.”https://t.co/IwqEcSeJLy

— Dan Robson (@RobsonDan) March 23,2020

Decision is not a surprise: certification occasions cancelled worldwide, Olympic and Paralympic training centers have actually closed their doors to hundreds of athletes here in the United States, and there is much we just do not learn about this unique infection and whether it will in truth been available in waves

— Carolyn Manno (@carolynmanno) March 23,2020

Athletes throughout the world are quarantined in their houses, not able to train. They are going show up to the Olympics like Thor in Endgame pic.twitter.com/ktDpfJoZT8

— Lolo Jones (@lolojones) March 21,2020

Memo to individuals asking why the 2020 Olympics need to be delayed now: It’s not about whether they can really take place in July (uncertain anyhow), it’s that the athletes can no longer train on anything that looks like an equal opportunity, and difficult to hold choice trials.

— Ryan Heath (@PoliticoRyan) March 23,2020

I have actually been so damn amazed talking to the couple of Canadian MTB Olympic hopefuls about the decision to not participate in the Games unless they hold off to2021 Super made up, thoughtful racers with remarkably strong outlooks on the circumstance + their training prepares moving forward.

— Molly Hurford (@mollyjhurford) March 23,2020

Glad to hear the IOC is holding off the Olympics however to offset it, can they publish full event replays of all previous Olympics to watch while we remain in quarantine?

— Yulin Kuang (@YulinKuang) March 23,2020

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