Veteran International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound has said the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be postponed due to COVID-19.

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

The details of the postponement will be worked out over the next four weeks.

“It will come in stages,” said Pound, 78, the longest-serving IOC member. “We will postpone this and begin to deal with all the ramifications of moving this, which are immense.”


Pound expects the Olympics to moved to 2021.