The Olympic Games scheduled for Tokyo thus summer will not take place.
The International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee announced that the games would be delayed until 2021 at the earliest in a joint statement on March 24. The decision was made in response to increasing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.
The news follows announcements by FINA and LEN (Ligue Européenne de Natation) to cancel or postpone nearly all aquatics events scheduled to take place in 2020, including Budapest 2020 European Aquatics Championships and all LEN Water Polo Cups.
USA Water Polo CEO Chris Ramsey supported the IOC’s decision in a tweet on Tuesday citing the safety of athletes as a primary concern. The organization announced last week the cancellation of all remaining National League matches and the FINA Intercontinental Tournament scheduled for April in Indianapolis. The status of National Junior Olympics, the world’s biggest youth tournament scheduled to begin on July 18, has not yet been updated.
The move was widely expected after several national Olympic committees joined Canada’s in declaring they would not send competitors to the Tokyo Games.
Both the USA Women’s and Men’s National Teams qualified for Tokyo in 2019. The delay puts off until next year the American women’s attempt at a third straight gold medal. Rosters for each team had yet to be selected.