Olympics postponement raises questions, throwing athletes' scheduling into disarray

Posted In: News Date:Mar 25th, 2020

It's still going to be called Tokyo 2020, but the Olympics and Paralympics are now, most likely, going to be happening in the summer of 2021.

In the wake of Tuesday's unprecedented announcement — the first time the Games have ever been postponed — a logistical nightmare stands in the way of the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 planning committee.

Athletes have questions they want answered once again, a common theme they've been grappling with ever since the global COVID-19 pandemic created havoc with their usual rigid routines.

From venues to scheduling, qualification processes to shifting timelines and financial consequences, the IOC and organizing committee have an enormous amount of work to do — something they could never have expected or planned for even as recently as three months ago.

"It will create some complications, but it's better than exposing athletes to a dangerous situation," Canada's Dick Pound, the longest-serving member of the IOC, told the CBC on Tuesday. "One of the things will be how many of the facilities that were planned for 2020 will be available in 2021. The international sport calendar will have to be rejigged."