Trump backs Olympics delay, will attend Games in 2021

IWAKI JAPAN- MARCH 25 A staff preserves the Olympic flame to the lantern during the 'Flame of Recovery' special exhibition at Aquamarine Park a day after the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games announced due to the cor

A man is seen through the Olympic rings in front of the New National Stadium in Tokyo, on Tuesday.

The British Olympic Association are expected to favour the Games being delayed exactly a year.

When asked for comment from Bach, the IOC's press office did not respond to specific questions and directed Reuters to a transcript of a recent conference call in which he said that the decision to postpone the Games was based on "the developments with the dynamic spreading of the coronavirus".

"We are confident we can put a lovely jigsaw puzzle together and in the end have a wonderful Olympic Games", he said.

"Congratulations to Prime Minister Abe of Japan, and the International Olympic Committee, on their very wise decision to present the Olympics in 2021", Trump tweeted.

The Tokyo Games were originally scheduled to begin July 24.

By Sunday evening the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) said say they wouldn't send athletes in Tokyo unless the Games were postponed for a year.

A number of the IOC's TOP sponsorship contracts are set to expire at the end of 2020, including those with General Electric, Procter & Gamble and Dow, and their status had been thrown into doubt by the decision to delay the Games amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

"We've already spent a lot of money on Olympics-related marketing campaigns and pre-Games events, and we are not going to get the money back", said one source at a major Japanese sponsor.

A Canadian Olympic Committee spokesman said in an email the COC did not know in advance of releasing its statement the IOC was postponing the Games.

Shortly after Tuesday's announcement that the Olympics would be postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, the global track federation said it had already begun discussing a shift with organizers in Eugene, Ore., where its championships will be held.

Speaking to reporters, Japan Olympic Committee President Yasuhiro Yamashita called for refocusing efforts.

"By the time the COC, to take that as an example, made their decision they already knew the International Olympic Committee had effectively pulled the trigger". "With a fresh mind, not giving up, I want to go through this challenge heading into next year".

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