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":
Will Ripley @willripleyCNN
#breaking PM Shinzo Abe at the upper house budget committee stresses Japan's policy to aim to hold the Olympics in its "complete form" and he said, “however, if it is difficult to hold the games in such a way, we have to decide to postpone it, giving top priority to the athletes”
There have been several requests for the IOC to postpone the Olympics, including from USA Swimming and USA Track & Field:
Devin Heroux @Devin_Heroux
In a letter obtained by @CBCNews to IOC President Thomas Bach — World Athletics President Sebastian Coe says the time has come to postpone Tokyo 2020. “Olympic Games in July this year is neither feasible nor desirable” he said. STORY: https://t.co/U4INmWqz4f https://t.co/6bAM73v7PG
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.