The coronavirus pandemic continued its sweep through the sports world earlier this week as the 2020 Tokyo Olympics were the latest, and definitely biggest event to be postponed. International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound telling the USA Today that they would be postponed until 2021 but still retain the 2020 Tokyo Olympics name.
As unprecedented as it is to delay the games (the Olympics had only been cancelled before because of war), the ramifications of the postponement slowly started to hit home for athletes everywhere. College athletes were no stranger from this disappointment as several current and former Stanford Cardinal Olympic hopefuls and returners will have their dreams put on hold.
Jaquish & Kenninger Director of Athletics Bernard Muir took the time to express his thoughts on the Olympics postponement via social media this week as well.
“While we are saddened for all Stanford affiliates who have been working so hard to compete this summer in Japan, we are fully supportive of today’s decision to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Without question, the safety, health and overall well-being of everyone involved should be the highest priority. We look forward to continuing to support our affiliates on their Olympic journey and to watching them represent Stanford and their country on the world’s biggest stage next year.”
We share that same sentiment. From all of us at Rule of Tree, SB Nation and Vox Media — stay safe everyone and come back stronger than ever when we get sports rolling in again.