Impact of the postponement of Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today decided to launch a review of the schedule of the IOC Athletes’ Commission (AC) election in light of the postponement of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, with a view to holding the election in 2021 during the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Measures will also be considered in order to ensure the work of the IOC Athletes’ Commission can continue smoothly until the Games.

During his closing press conference, IOC President Thomas Bach said: “The EB was of the unanimous opinion that, at this critical time, we need full representation of the athletes within the Commission. The athletes’ voice at this moment is extremely important, and we should not have any vacancies.” 

Today’s considerations will form part of a set of recommendations that is being prepared to address the impact of the modified timeline of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on the election procedures with the aim of ensuring continuity and avoiding any disruption to the IOC AC’s work, which is and will remain essential. The recommendations will also address the situation of the Beijing 2022 election, which will also be impacted by the postponement of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. After review by the AC, these recommendations will be submitted to the IOC EB in June 2020 and ultimately to the IOC Session in July 2020.


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