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IOC delays Youth Games, wants spectators in Tokyo

  • July 16, 2020
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The International Olympic Committee has decided to postpone by four years the Youth Olympics slated to be held in Dakar, Senegal, in 2022 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

 

IOC President Thomas Bach announced after an online executive board meeting on Wednesday that the board has approved a proposal by Senegal to delay the event until 2026.

 

Bach said the decision allows for better planning of activities that have been affected by the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Games and other international sports events.

 

It will be the first postponement for the Youth Olympics, which began in 2010 and are held once every four years for athletes 14 to 18 years old.

 

Bach also said the IOC “remains fully committed to celebrating Tokyo 2020 next year in July and August,” and that IOC coordinators have reported “very good work in progress.”

 

Asked about the possibility of no spectators at the Tokyo Olympics, Bach said the IOC is preparing multiple scenarios but they clearly do not want to hold events without spectators. He said they are working on a solution.

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