International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach has floated the prospect of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics being held during spring not summer next year but says the Games going ahead is no fait accompli.
On Tuesday, the IOC met with the Japanese Prime Minister and later confirmed that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, scheduled for July and August, would need to be postoned.
The IOC reiterated the event wouldn’t be cancelled, but couldn’t be held any later than the northern summer of 2021.
Expectations following that announcement were that the Olympics would be held in either of Japan’s summer months in 2021 of June, July or August, but Bach said that was wide open.
“The agreement is that we want to organise these Games at the latest in the summer 2021, Bach said.
“This is not restricted just to the summer months. All the options are on the table including the summer 2021.”
No Summer Olympics have ever been held outside of the summer months, putting a spanner in the works for athlete preparation.
Bach added that finding a new date for the Games would need to appease myriad stakeholders which would potentially put the event at risk.
“It’s a huge jigsaw puzzle and every piece has to fit,” Bach said.
“If one piece is taken out it can destroy it. The Games have never been postponed before. There is no blueprint.”
The postponement of the Olympic Games is the first-ever in history. Three Summer Games have previously been cancelled during war-time years.