The coronavirus pandemic will prompt the International Olympic Committee to delay the games, likely until 2021, USA Today reports, citing an interview with IOC member Dick Pound
The 2020 Tokyo Games will be postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, likely to 2021, according to Dick Pound, a member of the International Olympic Committee. The details are expected to be worked out in the next four weeks, according to the report b y USA Today's Christine Brennan.
In a phone interview, Pound said “postponement has been decided,” adding that the details will be worked out in the coming weeks.
IOC president Thomas Bach had said a day earlier that he would decide what to do in the wake of the pandemic, which limited many athletes’ ability to train, within four weeks. He ruled out a cancellation.
Recently, officials from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Norway and other nations had urged the IOC to postpone the Tokyo Games.
The Olympics are scheduled to be held July 24-Aug. 9. In the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, golf returned to the Olympics after a 112-year absence.
Based on the IOC’s qualification standards, the top 15 golfers in the world will be eligible for the games, with a limit of four players from any nation. Beyond the top 15, players will be eligible based on the world rankings, with a maximum of two players from any country that does not already have two or more players among the top 15. As the host country, Japan will have two players in the field.
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