Australian Olympic Committee Preparing for Tokyo Games to Be Held in 2021

Megan ArmstrongSenior Analyst IIMarch 23, 2020

The Olympic Rings logo is pictured in front of the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne on March 18, 2020, as doubts increase over whether Tokyo can safely host the summer Games amid the spread of the COVID-19. - Olympic chiefs acknowledged on March 18, 2020 there was no
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The Australian Olympic Committee notified athletes that they "should prepare for a Tokyo Olympic Games in the northern summer of 2021," according to a press release relayed by NBC Sports' Nick Zaccardi on Sunday night:

Sunday morning, the International Olympic Committee set a self-imposed four-week deadline to make a decision on the 2020 Summer Games as the coronavirus pandemic continues worldwide:

The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee released a joint statement responding to the IOC's deadline:

The Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Committees announced earlier Sunday evening that they will not be sending athletes to the Tokyo Olympics unless the event is postponed until 2021:

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe commented Sunday that the decision will have to be made to postpone the 2020 Summer Games if it can't be held in its "complete form":

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There have been several requests for the IOC to postpone the Olympics, including from USA Swimming and USA Track & Field:

USA Today reported Sunday morning that nearly 75 percent of 125 athletes who met in a town hall with the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee voiced support to postpone the Olympics.

The event is scheduled to begin on July 24 and run through Aug. 9 in Tokyo.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has been contracted by over 335,000 people globally and 14,641 people have died, according to CNN's numbers obtained by Johns Hopkins University.

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