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The 2020 Tokyo Olympics has been postponed due to coronavirus

Now it's official...

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Following in a long line of large events that have been cancelled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has officially been postponed.

Dick Pound, a senior member of the International Olympic Committee, told USA Today on Monday that 'the parameters going forward have not been determined, but the Games are not going to start on July 24, that much I know.'

The announcement comes after several countries, including Canada and Australia, pledged last week not to send athletes to the Games if they were to go on as scheduled this summer. Several coaches from the United States also called for the Olympics to be postponed for one year. On Monday morning, the Olympic committees from Germany, Brazil and Norway joined in calling for a postponement, and the IOC finally complied.

This would be the first time the Olympics has been suspended, though the Games have been canceled in the past during times of war. The IOC has not yet identified a new date for the Tokyo Olympics.

By Sarah Medina

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