Tokyo Olympics postponed, U.S. closes in on relief package

A man walks past a large banner promoting the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Monday, March 23, 2020. The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday postponed this summer's Tokyo Games for a year as coronavirus deaths mounted around the world and U.S. lawmakers closed in on a nearly $2 trillion deal to help cushion the economic damage from the crisis.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will be postponed, likely to 2021, according to a USA Today report on Monday.

The report quoted Dick Pound, an International Olympic Committee member, as saying: “The parameters going forward have not been determined, but the Games are not going to start on July 24, that much I know.”

The Gazette reached out to the Colorado Springs-based United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee for comment but did not immediately receive a response.

The Gazette’s Woody Paige lobbied for a postponement because of the coronavirus outbreak.

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The Gazette reached out to the Colorado Springs-based United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee for comment but did not immediately receive a response.

(Contact Gazette sports columnist Paul Klee at paul.klee@gazette.com or on Twitter at @bypaulklee.)

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