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IOC sets mid-April deadline for Tokyo Olympics decision

The 2020 Tokyo Games seem set to be postponed, but we will likely have to wait a little longer for word on the decision from the IOC.

A general view of the Olympic Rings near Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, after Global Athlete added its voice to those calling for the Tokyo Olympics to be postponed this summer due to the coronavirus outbreak. Photo by John Walton/PA Images via Getty Images

The 2020 Summer Olympics are currently scheduled to take place in Tokyo from July 24th to August 9th. The International Olympic Committee has held out postponing or canceling the Summer Games due to the coronavirus outbreak, but that might be changing soon.

The IOC executive board met on Sunday, and has given itself a deadline of four weeks to make a decision on the Tokyo Olympics, according to the BBC. The IOC is reportedly not going to cancel the games, but is considering a potential postponement and/or a scaled-down version of the Games.

USA Track & Field and USA Swimming both submitted letters to the US Olympic Committee petitioning for a postponement of the games, with the swimming organizing body suggesting a move to 2021. Other countries and athletes around the globe submitted letters of concern, putting pressure on the IOC to postpone the games. This all comes even as the Olympic torch relay continues and the flame arrived in Tokyo on Friday.