A day after word leaked out from International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound that the 2020 Olympic Games would be postponed, more information has been released about the future of the Games. The IOC, as well as the Prime Minister of Japan, held a conference call to discuss the impact of the worldwide pandemic Covid-19 on the Olympics. The Games were supposed to start in late-July in Tokyo, but the widespread nature of the virus has put a halt to virtually every sporting event around the world.
The conclusion from the meeting was that the Olympics will be postponed until the summer of 2021 and no later.
Just two days ago, Canada pulled its athletes out of the 2020 Games, while USA Swimming and Track & Field recommended that the Olympics be postponed. Many athletes were looking for some clarity to keep their training schedule intact if the Games were to go on as scheduled.
It’s unclear how this delay will affect the wrestling community. A handful of top collegiate wrestlers took Olympic redshirts for the 2020 season, with the Trials looming only two weeks after the date of the 2020 NCAA Championships. Just recently, at the Pan-American Qualifier, ten weights were qualified for the Olympics by American athletes across all three styles. Will this carry over to 2021, or will there be different qualifying criteria? Hopefully, in the coming weeks and months, we’ll have more insight into the qualification process and more.