I just wrote a little while ago about the Tokyo Olympics potentially being postponed and now, according to the IOC’s longest serving board committee member, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will not be happening starting July 24.
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics Will Be Postponed, Says Longest Serving IOC Member
The IOC chairman had said yesterday that they were considering many things but that cancellation was not an option. Now, Dick Pound of the IOC says that formal announcements will begin to come in the next couple of weeks. There is a lot to work out so the announcement of the postponement will come first and then will come the logistics of moving a massive world event.
As for the postponement, it could be just a few months but likely would be moved to 2021. According to this article, this would be the first time it was suspended. Already, the World Athletics Championships have said that they are willing to move the Championships, set to run from August 6 – 15, 2021, to accommodate for the Tokyo Olympics.
Over the next four weeks, we will get the complete picture. But, according to Mr. Pound, the Tokyo Olympics will not be starting according to the long-set schedule.
I honestly do not think it comes as a shock to anyone that they will be postponed. Athletes cannot train for it as of now, the uncertainty of open borders for travel with the virus, and the travel industry’s condition by summer are all variables that would make for a very difficult, if not impossible Olympic Games.
Interesting note, the Olympic Torch actually just arrived in Japan last week after a week of crowd less ceremonies in Greece.
If you have planned travel for the Olympics, this could be a good time to make cancellations. With many hotels and airlines relaxing non-refundable reservations during this month for future reservations, this may be your best time to get the money back – or at least credit to use later.