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  • #ICYMI: World Games 2021 on Stand By, What's Next After Tokyo 2020 Postponement


    03/29/20

    Birmingham, Alabama is hosting the 2021 World Games.
    World Games 2021 on Stand By
    (ATR) The fate of the World Games in Birmingham, Alabama, will depend on the new date of the Tokyo Olympics.

    The largest multi-sport event of 2021 in the United States has been scheduled from July 15 to 25 with the presence of about 3,600 athletes from some 100 countries in 34 sports.

    Depending on the dates selected for the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics, the schedule for the World Games may need to change,

    "When the new date of the Olympic Games is known, we will take the measures," José Perurena, president of the International Association of the World Games, tells Around the Rings.

    "We are on 'stand by' until the IOC decides," he commented shortly after the joint statement from the Olympic body and the Japanese organizers on postponing the Tokyo Games.

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    ATR First: Olympic Legends Support Postponing the Games

    By Edwin Moses and Donna de Varona

    Donna de Varona interviews Edwin Moses in the 1980s when he competed and she broke ground in sports journalism. (ABC)
    Over the weekend we drafted an open letter in support of delaying the Olympics. We did so in support of the national Olympic committees of Canada and Australia in their decision to pull out of the Tokyo Olympics.

    We also were responding to efforts of USA Swimming and USA Track & Field, as well as athletes globally who were lobbying for postponement. As multiple Olympic gold medal-winners in swimming and track, we wanted to share our reasons why the International Olympic Committee, which, in its 81-page contract with the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee, has the sole power to cancel or postpone the Olympic Games, should do so.

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    What's Next After Tokyo 2020 Postponement
    (ATR) The 2020 Tokyo Olympics have been postponed until next year. Now the hard work begins again.
    Tokyo National Stadium (Tokyo 2020)

    Top of the list is probably choosing the new dates. The IOC says the Games will be rescheduled “not later than summer 2021” which allows for the possibility of holding the event during the spring amid the cherry blossom season in Tokyo.

    A window to hold the Olympics will likely have to include the Paralympics, which were to follow the Olympics by two weeks this summer.

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    ATRadio: Date for 2020 Olympics Crucial Says Archery Leader

    (ATR) World Archery Secretary-General Tom Dielen and his colleagues among the 33 sports in the now postponed Tokyo Olympics are waiting for answers from the IOC.

    In the latest edition of the ATRadio podcast, Dielen speaks with Around the Rings Editor Ed Hula about the trauma inflicted by the corona virus pandemic on international sports.

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