Los angeles (AFP) - Senior worldwide Olympic Committee (IOC) official Dick Pound said Monday a postponement of this 12 months s Tokyo Olympics is now inevitable as the sector reels from the coronavirus pandemic.

The IOC stated on Sunday the frame might wait 4 extra weeks before pronouncing its decision at the fate of the July 24-August nine games, amid mounting calls for them to be rescheduled.

Pound however believes the IOC -- which dominated out a cancellation of the games -- is now laying the basis for a postponement.

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"My interpretation of the IOC s communications is they don t want to cancel, and that they don t assume they can retain with the July 24 date," Pound informed AFP. "so that you re looking on the  P  phrase - postponement.

"They re going to explore options with the japanese of course, after which there all varieties of stakeholders -- international federations, NOCs, athletes.

"after which in 4 weeks they re going to try and pop out with a plan B and make it as precise as they are able to make it in that time period."

An IOC spokeperson did now not respond at once to the substance of Pound s remarks, pronouncing most effective in a declaration: "It s the right of each IOC member to interpret the selection of the IOC EB (executive Board) which become introduced the day gone by."

Pound, who is Canadian, stated the "impressive" unfold of COVID-19 across the globe left the IOC and not using a different desire.

"This is not something that s going to solve by means of July 24," Pound stated.

"And this thing isn t going to go away through September or October. A number of the most important nations within the global are pretty much beaten, and it s just starting to take root in Africa. It s a no-move for my part."

A one-yr postponement to 2021 remained the maximum possibly option, Pound introduced.

"I assume the only-yr postponement is the maximum possible because it offers you the maximum time to organise," he said.

A number of Olympic committees and sports activities federations have already indicated unwillingness to participate in Tokyo if the video games are held in July as deliberate.

On Sunday the Canadian Olympic Committee became the primary national olympic committee to claim they could no longer take part if the games passed off in July.

Within the united states of america, each the governing our bodies of track and subject and swimming have known as for the games to be postponed.