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The Olympic Rings are pictured at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters in Lausanne on March 3, 2020. - The COVID-19 which has already killed thousands of people in the World will be at the center of a meeting of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on March 3 and 4, 2020 in Lausanne less than five months before the opening ceremony of the Olympics in Tokyo. (FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images/TNS)

The largest sporting event of the summer has been added to the running list of postponements and cancellations.

Dick Pound, a veteran member of the International Olympic Committee, confirmed with multiple news outlets today that the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will be postponed. The date will likely be reset for 2021; however, specific details will continue to be worked out over the next four weeks.

“On the basis on information the IOC has, postponement has been decided,” Pound said. “The parameters going forward have not been determined, but the Games are not going to start on July 24, that much I know.”

Pound also stated that the details will come in stages, as the committee continues to meet virtually and discuss the steps moving forward. Complete cancellation of the Games has been previously ruled out by the committee. Just days prior to this decision, Canada and Australia had already announced the withdrawal of their athletes from the Games, citing athlete safety and health as their primary concern. Additionally, many countries mentioned hinderances to athletes’ preparations as a reason for postponement.

RACHEL HICKEY is a Features and Sports Reporter for The Vidette. She can be reached at rehicke@ilstu.edu. Follow her on Twitter at twitter @r_hickey15 

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