Tokyo 2020 and the International Olympic Committee released a joint press release on 24 March, confirming that the Games will be postponed due to the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19. The release details that the delay will last no later than summer 2021.
World Archery president Prof Dr Ugur Erdener has issued the following statement of support:
“We commend the conscientious and brave decision taken by Tokyo 2020 and the International Olympic Committee to delay this summer’s Games in the face of an unprecedented challenge to humanity.”
“World Archery appreciates the transparent and open dialogue initiated by both parties and enters this period confident that when the Olympic and Paralympic Games are held in Japan they will be a success.”
“This is not an easy situation, especially for the athletes who had been training hard for Tokyo 2020. I hope that everyone understands why this decision has been made and I urge archers around the world to retain hope and reset for this new timetable.”
“Because, at the end of this difficult period, the Olympics and Paralympics will stand as a celebration of our resilience, our strength and our international community.”
The postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games will have a wide impact on sport, including the qualification procedures for the Games themselves and the international calendars in 2020 and 2021.
World Archery will now take part in discussions with Tokyo 2020, the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee. The outcomes of those dialogues will be made public when appropriate.
It is hoped that the current public health situation will improve quickly so that all international sport can recommence.