Nancy Armour, USA TODAY Published 2:27 p.m. ET March 23, 2020 | Updated 7:14 p.m. ET March 23, 2020CLOSE USA TODAY Sports’ Nancy Armour breaks down why the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be postponed. USA TODAYThe International Olympic Committee has been forced to acknowledge reality.The Tokyo Games won’t go on as scheduled, longtime IOC member Dick Pound told USA TODAY Sports on Monday. Only the details are left to be worked out. This was a move everyone could see coming. Everyone but the IOC and Tokyo organizers, that is. For weeks, they fought hard to maintain the charade that everything would be fine. That this summer’s games could go ahead as scheduled despite much of the world being at a standstill.But many athletes, national Olympic committees and sports federations, living in the real world and seeing what conditions around them were like, knew better.The situation remains grim across much of the globe, with the number of reported COVID-19 cases and death totals rising, and there’s no way to be sure of when things will improve. Holding an Olympics under those conditions was increasingly unrealistic, and keeping up the pretense that things could magically improve over the next few months had reached the


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