The Tokyo Olympics, scheduled to commence on July 24, would be the first Olympics to ever be postponed.
The IOC has faced increasing pressure to suspend the games as training schedules have been severely disrupted by the pandemic. Athletes and coaches have been unable to train—and many are mandated to stay home—as gyms, tracks, and public spaces have been forced to close around the globe.
On Sunday, IOC President Thomas Bach asserted that the games would not be canceled, but added: “Human lives take precedence over everything, including the staging of the Games. The IOC wants to be part of the solution. Therefore we have made it our leading principle to safeguard the health of everyone involved, and to contribute to containing the virus.”