As the world continues to feel like it is upside down, a couple bits of news came out on Sunday regarding the 2020 Olympics that are due to be played in Tokyo, Japan. First, we got a bit of news that the Games, apparently, are at least in consideration of being postponed. This is the first time that we have gotten such talk from the IOC, as they said that they would make a decision in the course of four weeks. That hints at making a decision to potentially postpone. Of course, it also means that they may be looking at outright canceling it as well, as they had initially indicated that it would either have to be cancellation or the scheduled time frame. What makes this interesting and difficult is the fact that life is returning to normal in Japan again.
They are starting to run events with fans again, so it appears that they have things under control at this point. That may be prompting some of this optimism, and it may also be their hope. It could be that the IOC feel that sufficient progress will be made in a month that leads to the Games being able to go on as planned. At any rate, it also was made clear on Sunday that Canada would not be sending any athletes there if the Games are done in 2020. Citing public health and regards for the health or their athletes, the Canucks will not be sending anyone anytime soon. In doing so, they are the first nation to declare that they will not suit up for the event. The Olympics are due to begin on July 24th and conclude on August 9th, though the likes of Brazil, Slovenia, and Norway are also on the verge of joining calls for postponement at this stage. It’s going to be tricky with this entire process. But with Canada out, it is hard to see them staging them as usual this year without even more boycotts.