Olympics Organizers Are Deciding Whether to Postpone Tokyo 2020 Summer Games

The 2020 Summer Olympics are possibly going to be put on hold.

The International Olympics Committee will “take a month to decide” whether the massive global event will go on as planned, Variety reported on Sunday (March 22).

In an announcement, the committee revealed they will mull over scenarios that “relate to modifying existing operational plans for the Games to go ahead on 24 July 2020, and also for changes to the start date of the Games.”

They also said “a cancellation of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 would not solve any of the problems or help anybody. Therefore, cancellation is not on the agenda.”

In addition to affecting the athletes, the absence of the games would present a programming challenge: “Comcast, which has the rights to show the Games in the United States has been counting on hundreds of hours of coverage of swimming, archery and trampoline gymnastics to lure millions of viewers to its screens in an era when many of them might prefer to stream a movie, comedy or drama at times of their own choosing,” Variety reported.

NBCUniversal has also already “sold more than 90% of its ad inventory for the Tokyo Games, a haul valued at more than $1.25 billion.”

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