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Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games Postponed Until 2021

03/25/2020, 7:30am CDT
By Nicole Jomantas

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – On Tuesday, the International Olympic Committee announced that, for the first time in modern history, the Olympic and Paralympic Games will be postponed and will now be held in 2021 with dates to be determined in the coming weeks.

The announcement came in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic that has resulted in the cancellation of events around the world during recent weeks. The decision follows feedback from Olympic and Paralympic athletes regarding concern for the well-being of athletes, delegations and spectators as well as the ability of athletes to train properly for the leadup to the Games.

“We support the unprecedented decision by the IOC to postpone the Games in order to protect the health and safety of all of the athletes. This pandemic has affected all of the delegations who were scheduled to compete at the Games and we wish all of the athletes the best in this transition as they prepare for the Tokyo Games in 2021,” said USA Fencing President Donald K. Anthony Jr. (Columbus, Ohio).

Additional information regarding the qualification process for the 2021 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be released following the announcements detailing these processes from the FIE and IWAS. Selection criteria for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Fencing Teams will be created in collaboration with the USOPC, national coaches, Sports Resource Team and representatives from the USA Fencing Athletes’ Council.

“It’s a tough time for everyone and I know we are all working to support each other right now. We were so close to the end of qualification and being able to compete at my second Olympic Games this year would have been a dream come true,” said Kat Holmes (Washington, D.C.), 2018 Senior World Team Champion and Chair of the USA Fencing Athletes Council. “I know everybody wants to win a medal at the Games, but we want to be able to do it when everybody is able to participate and everybody has had the chance to prepare and will be able to compete at their best.”

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