Postponement of Tokyo 2020 Olympic & Paralympic Games

It was announced yesterday that the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games will be postponed to “a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021” in light of the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic. 

The International Olympic Committee and Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee announced the postponement in a joint statement, read the statement in full here.

the correct decision

Triathlon Ireland welcomes this decision, as outlined by CEO Chris Kitchen;

"Triathlon Ireland is very pleased with the statement by Japan, the IOC and the IPC to postpone the games, the health and wellbeing of all involved has to be of paramount concern. The final part of the qualification period had already been seriously compromised by multiple event cancellations and was proving to be a major challenge for the ITU."

"The postponement now allows the ITU to take a breath, step back and take a much more proactive approach to re-establishing the qualification process. I know their major concern is to provide an equal opportunity for all athletes to strive to attain their dreams of competing at the Olympics and the pandemic was making this very hard for them to achieve.

"It was a very tough but courageous decision by Japan, the IOC and the IPA but it is the correct decision; so thank you to all involved. I am sure the Games will be a better spectacle as a result of the postponement than if it had gone ahead this July"

Irish athletes resilient

Performance Director Stephen Delaney said;

“This is certainly the right decision in the current circumstances and it is good to have certainty now. It is a huge disappointment for the athletes who have put so much into the process so far but their health and safety has to be the priority. They have shown their resilience before and will regroup and be motivated to take on the challenge that will be qualifying for and competing in the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2021."

“I would like to thank the staff at the OFI who have continued working, planning and supporting athletes and ourselves along with Sport Ireland and Sport Northern Ireland in very difficult circumstances.  Also the coaches and service providers who have already invested so much of their time and energy along with the families and teammates of athletes.”

“We look forward to the announcement of the new dates and the ITU plans for qualification and the opportunity they will bring.”

This decision is also fully supported by the International Triathlon Union, as outlined by ITU President and IOC member Marisol Casado.

“We fully support this decision, and the whole World Triathlon staff is now working in close cooperation with the IOC, the IPC, the Tokyo Organising Committee and all the other stakeholders to help find the best dates for the Games to take place, as well as trying to find answers to all the questions raised by this difficult situation”

Read the full Olympic Federation of Ireland Statement.
Read the full Paralympic Ireland statement.