Women's Sport: IOC Vice President says there is no decision deadline for postponing Tokyo Olympics

The International Olympic Committee says there is no deadline set to make a decision about whether the Tokyo Olympics will go ahead this summer.

Previous reports had suggested the IOC would come to a decision by the end of May, however, the organisation’s vice president told The Sydney Morning Herald this was not the case.

John Coates, who will face two weeks in isolation in Australia following his return from a business trip to Europe, said: “It’s all proceeding to start on the 24th of July.”

The initial idea a decision on the Games would be made by May came from senior IOC member Dick Pound, but Coates was keen to dispel this as a myth.

“It’s never been the IOC’s position. It was Dick’s idea. There [are] four months to go.”

No chance of no spectators

The Guardian has reported that the IOC has ruled out the possibility of hosting the Games without fans present as that would go against the fundamental purpose of the Olympics – to bring people together.

One source told The Guardian: “It would go against everything we stand for. The Olympics is more than just a series of competitions, it is about bringing everyone together to celebrate sport.”

Some qualification tournaments have already been held behind closed doors without spectators including snooker and horse racing.  Whilst boxing qualifiers due to take place in London were cancelled with organisers stressing the importance of protecting the welfare of athletes, staff and volunteers.

The IOC Boxing Taskforce said: “The BTF  took the decision to suspend the event today, amid increasing global travel restrictions and quarantine measures, in order to allow the participants
from over 60 countries to adjust their travel plans and return home.”

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