The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has confirmed that no decision regarding the postponement of Tokyo Olympics 2020 has been taken yet and the official word will come out only after four weeks time – the deadline set by International Olympic Committee (IOC). The Tokyo Games are slated to start from July 24 this year. Also Read - Indian-American Journalist Brahm Kanchibhotla Dies Of Coronavirus In New York, PM Modi Condoles His Death
“We have not received any official document from IOC (regarding postponement of Games),” IOA General Secretary Rajeev Mehta was quoted by IANS. “The official stand of IOC as of now is that they will make a decision on the Olympic Games in four weeks,” he added. Also Read - Educational Institutions, Shopping Malls, Religious Centres to Witness Lockdown Extension?
This response from IOA came after IOC member Dick Pound stated that the 2020 Summer Games will be postponed by one year because of coronavirus. Also Read - Great American Singer-Songwriter John Prine Dies of Coronavirus at 73
“I do not consider Dick Pound’s statement official,” Mehta added.
In an interview to USA today, IOC member Dick Pound confirmed suggestions that the 2020 Summer Olympic Games will be delayed. Pound said: “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.”
“It will come in stages. We will postpone this and begin to deal with all the ramifications of moving this, which are immense,” he added.
On Monday, Mehta had said that the IOA will wait for at least a month before taking any decision regarding sending athletes to Tokyo for the Olympic Games.
“We have to wait for a month and then we can make a decision in consultation with the IOC and our sports ministry as well,” he added.
Chairman of the British Olympic Association has said Great Britain would be unlikely to send a team to Tokyo this summer while Australia and Canada have already said they will not compete in Japan due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Earlier, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe suggested that the events could be delayed, while adding that canceling them outright was “not an option”.
(With Agency Inputs)