The biggest sporting event in the world is being postponed due to the COVID-19 epidemic. The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will be put off says IOC member, Dick Pound. Dick Pound told USA Today that the games would likely be held in 2021 but more details will be ironed out within the next month.
“The parameters going forward have not been determined, but the Games are not going to start on July 24, that much I know,” Dick Pound said in a phone interview.
“It will come in stages,” he said. “We will postpone this and begin to deal with all the ramifications of moving this, which are immense.”
While the IOC has seemingly decided to postpone the games, outright canceling them is not an option.
Many countries have urged the IOC to postpone the Games and Canada has outright refused to attend. Dick Pound, a Canadian himself, is one of the most influential IOC members on the board.
The last time the Olympic Games were canceled was in 1940 and 1944 because of World War II.
Combat Sports In The Olympic Games
With the Olympic Games canceled, the combat sports world comes to a heel even more. With wrestling, boxing, taeknwondo, judo being long time staples of the Olympics, karate was slated to make it’s Olympic debut in Tokyo.
The Olympics are a breeding ground for some of the best martial arts names in the world. With names like Yoel Romero, Ronda Rousey, Kayla Harrison, and Henry Cejudo, watching the Olympic Games is a glimpse into the future of MMA. With wrestlers like Kyle Dake considering a transfer over after his career is done, there are certainly many names to watch in the upcoming Games.
My MMA News will continue to monitor results and news regarding the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Stay tuned to see all the latest.