LOS ANGELES: Senior Global Olympic Committee (IOC) official Dick Pound mentioned Monday a postponement of this year’s Tokyo Olympics is now inevitable because the sphere reels from the coronavirus pandemic.
The IOC mentioned on Sunday the body would wait four extra weeks before asserting its resolution on the fate of the July 24-August 9 Games, amid mounting requires them to be rescheduled.
Pound on the different hand believes the IOC — which dominated out a cancellation of the Games — is now laying the groundwork for a postponement.
“My interpretation of the IOC’s communications is that they don’t desire to assassinate, and they don’t ponder they can proceed with the July 24 date,” Pound suggested AFP. “So you take a idea at the ‘P’ word – postponement.
“They’re going to search out alternatives with the Eastern clearly, and then there all forms of stakeholders — international federations, NOCs, athletes.
“And then in four weeks they are going to substantiate out and advance out with a plot B and invent it as utter as they can invent it in that time-frame.”
Pound, who is Canadian, mentioned the “fantastic” unfold of COVID-19 in the end of the globe left the IOC with no diversified different.
“Right here is now no longer one thing that is going to sure up by July 24,” Pound mentioned.
“And this thing is now no longer if truth be told going to trot away by September or October. Many of the final word countries within the sphere are loyal about overwhelmed, and it be loyal beginning to spend root in Africa. Or now no longer it is a long way a no-trot in my leer.”
A one-year postponement to 2021 remained the possibly option, Pound added.
“I ponder the one-year postponement is the most feasible since it affords you the most time to organise,” he mentioned.
A extensive selection of Olympic committees and sports actions federations non-public already indicated unwillingness to spend half in Tokyo if the games are held in July as planned.
On Sunday the Canadian Olympic Committee turned the indispensable nationwide olympic committee to present they wouldn’t spend half if the Games took dispute in July.
Within the US, every the governing bodies of song and field and swimming non-public known as for the Games to be postponed.