2020 Tokyo Olympics postponed

2020 Olympics postponed
Olympic rings monument at Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo. (PA Images)

The International Olympic Committee has today announced the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics until the summer of 2021 as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic.

The FA’s director of women’s football, Sue Campbell, said:

“The health of everyone – players, staff and supporters – is our foremost concern and our international sporting calendar must respect and respond to that priority above all else. We are therefore fully supportive of the IOC’s decision to postpone the Olympic Games.

“With the Home Nations coming together as Team GB Women’s Football, we have been planning for – and very much looking forward to – the Olympics this summer. However for the time being our shared focus must be on staying safe, looking after our friends and loved ones, and following the advice of Government and our incredibly committed and brave frontline health professionals.

“Of course our minds are also focused on the UEFA Women’s EURO and we are in constant dialogue with UEFA in respect of that tournament. We know all our partner organisations have the health and wellbeing of athletes and support staff at the heart of their decision making and we await further information from UEFA in due course.

“Rest assured we can look forward to celebrating our sport in happier and safer times to come.”

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