Tokyo Olympics Officially Postponed To 2021

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics have officially been postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee announced this morning in a joint statement.

The exact dates for the rescheduled event haven’t yet been determined. Today’s announcement indicated that the Olympics will happen at “a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021.” Given that these are the Summer Games, pushing them back by about a full year seems like the most probable outcome. They were previously scheduled to begin on July 24, 2020.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Tuesday that he had asked IOC president Thomas Bach for a one-year delay and he agreed “100%,” per Motoko Rich, Matt Futterman, and Tariq Panja of The New York Times. The formal announcement comes less than 24 hours after IOC member Dick Pound said in an interview that the Tokyo Games would be postponed.

As noted in the New York Times report and in a story by Nancy Armour and Tom Schad of USA Today, postponing the 2020 Olympics will be a massive undertaking with a series of logistical challenges, including adjusting TV broadcasting deals, working around world championship events in certain sports, and dealing with venue and hotel availability.

It remains to be seen how the postponement will affect the basketball portion of the Olympics. It’s safe to say that the qualifying tournaments scheduled to take place this June to determine the last four teams in the men’s tournament will also be pushed back. But with the new dates undetermined and the calendars for the 2019/20 and 2020/21 NBA seasons also up in the air, there’s no guarantee that NBA players will be free to participate in those qualifying tournaments — or even in the Olympics themselves.

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6 thoughts on “Tokyo Olympics Officially Postponed To 2021

  1. jonnyzuck

    this was expected but it’s not a good sign for the chances of mlb, nba and nhl playing again this season

    • Afk711

      A global event is not comparable. Baseball in Asia and basketball in China is ramping back up and thats much more on line with our sports

  2. knuck2

    Those leagues are more localized… i.e. one continent. Olympics would bring people from across the planet to one spot then have them disperse again. If one geographical area was still infected it could be redistributed across the globe starting the whole cycle again. So, hopefully US sport still has a chance.

  3. SumTingWong

    very few will miss the summer games. I won’t be watching in 2020 and in 2021 no one will be watching because we will all be gone

    • L Lawliet

      Well since you want to prognosticate everyones demise. Do us all a favor and make sure your first in line. Lol

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