International Olympic Committee Postpones Summer Olympics

A woman wearing a face mask poses for a photograph next to the Olympic rings in Tokyo, Japan.

This summer’s Summer Olympics in Tokyo will be postponed, veteran International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound told USA Today on Monday.

“On the basis of the information the IOC has, postponement has been decided,” Pound said.

The IOC first raised the possibility of postponing the games for a year on Sunday, saying a final decision will be made within four weeks.

Canada’s Olympic Committee and Paralympic Committee soon said they would not send teams to Tokyo if the games are held, and Australia announced the same.

After previously ruling out postponement, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told lawmakers Monday that “if it is difficult to hold (the Games) in a complete way, a decision of postponement would be unavoidable.”

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