Olympics 2020 postponed amid worldwide coronavirus pandemic


The Olympic games are expected to be postponed within the next 24 hours.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said earlier this week it would give itself another four weeks before making a decision.

Tokyo 2020 is due to start on July 24 and remains one of the few sporting events still scheduled to go ahead, despite the coronavirus outbreak that has crippled the calendar.

IOC president Thomas Bach had made it clear that cancelling the Games was not on the agenda.

But Bach has come under increasing pressure from sporting bodies, Olympic committees and athletes to at least postpone the event until the following summer.

Now it is understood the IOC will convene more talks with Japanese organisers about what to do – and are expected to announce the Games are officially postponed.

An IOC spokesperson said: “Today, the IOC is discussing with the Japanese government, the Tokyo 2020 organising committee and the IOC executive board about the scenario planning including the postponement of the Games and will communicate in due course.”

The British Olympic Association (BOA) will hold talks with sports bodies today and look set to call for a postponement.

Athletes have been in self isolation since the outbreak took hold of life in the United Kingdom and been unable to train due to the closure of all facilities.

BOA chairman Hugh Robertson has already said Great Britain is unlikely to send a team to Tokyo this summer.

Canada became the first nation to withdraw from the Games, while Australia have insisted the Games cannot go ahead and USA Track and Field, American athletics’ governing body, has also called for a postponement.

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