Some of West Virginia University’s best international athletes won’t be competing this summer as the International Olympic Committee has announced they will be postponing the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
This announcement comes a day after the announcement by the Canadian and Australian Olympic committees stated they would not be sending their athletes to Tokyo to the games unless they were postponed until at least 2021. Soon enough, other entities, such as the British Olympic Association, announced they were discussing similar actions.
“In the present circumstances and based on the information provided by the WHO today, the IOC President and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community,” read a joint statement from the IOC and the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee.
Mountaineers have found success at the games in recent years for multiple countries. Ginny Thrasher was the first athlete to bring home a gold medal in 2016’s Rio games, topping the board in the women’s 10 meter air rifle. Canada’s Kadeisha Buchanan and Ashley Lawrence also came home with bronze medals in the women’s soccer tournament.