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2020 Tokyo Olympic Games’ 'Postponement Has Been Decided', Veteran IOC Member Claims

© AP Photo / Jae C. HongA tourist wearing a mask pauses for photos with the Olympic rings
A tourist wearing a mask pauses for photos with the Olympic rings - Sputnik International
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On 22 March, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach said that the final decision on a potential postponement would be made in four weeks.

Veteran International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound has stated in an interview with USA Today Sports that the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games are going to be postponed, likely to 2021.

"On the basis of the information the IOC has, postponement has been decided. The parameters going forward have not been determined, but the Games are not going to start on 24 July, that much I know", Pound said.

According to the committee member, the IOC will announce its next moves soon.

"It will come in stages. We will postpone this and begin to deal with all the ramifications of moving this, which are immense", he said.

Meanwhile, a source in the IOC told Sputnik that Dick Pound’s claim about the 2020 Tokyo Olympics' postponement is his personal judgement and that the IOC has not changed its position yet.

Fake blood in seen in test tubes labelled with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in front of a displayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics logo in this illustration taken March 19, 2020 - Sputnik International
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