Well, I suppose it was coming. The International Olympic Committee has officially announced that they’re postponing the 2020 games, which were set to be the debut of freestyle BMX. There’s no concrete date set for the games, but reports from USA Today and statements from the IOC seem to allude to 2021. What this means for those hoping to ride in the Olympics is also yet to be seen…
From USA Today:
Veteran International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound told USA TODAY Sports on Monday afternoon that the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games are going to be postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“On the basis of the information the IOC has, postponement has been decided,” Pound said in a phone interview. “The parameters going forward have not been determined, but the Games are not going to start on July 24, that much I know.”
Pound, a Canadian who has been one of the most influential members of the IOC for decades, said the Games will likely be moved to 2021, with the details to be worked out in the next four weeks. He said he expects the IOC to announce its next steps soon.
“It will come in stages,” said Pound, 78, the longest-serving IOC member. “We will postpone this and begin to deal with all the ramifications of moving this, which are immense.”