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Coronavirus news: All signs point to Tokyo Olympics being postponed


"Earlier in the day, IOC member Dick Pound told USA Today that he had reached the same conclusion about the games, which are scheduled to start July 24.


Last month, Pound told AP that cancellation, not postponement, was the only real option if the Tokyo Games couldn't start on time.


But a lot has changed since then, and the rapid momentum of the "postpone" movement among athletes and nations seemed to diminish the likelihood that it will take all of four weeks for the IOC to reach a conclusion.


That was the timeline the IOC's executive committee decided on Sunday when it announced it was putting together working groups to study the massive logistical issues involved in postponing the games.


"I know this is heartbreaking for so many people - athletes, coaches, staff and fans - but this was absolutely the right call, and everyone should follow their lead," Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.


"Although I am upset that the Olympics will not be happening this year, I agree that this is the best decision in order to keep the athletes and spectators healthy and to prevent the virus from spreading further," U.S. gymnast Morgan Hurd said in a tweet, reacting to Pound's comments.






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