Tokyo 2020 Olympics Postponed

Mar 23, 2020 at 12:01
by Sarah Moore  
The biggest rockgarden on the course with solid crowds around.


In a phone interview with USA Today, the International Olympic Committee's Dick Pound said that the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will not be starting on July 24, 2020. They are going to be postponed, likely to 2021. The IOC says they will be working out the details in the next four weeks and announcing the next steps soon.


bigquotesOn the basis of the information the IOC has, postponement has been decided. The parameters going forward have not been determined, but the Games are not going to start on July 24, that much I know. It will come in stages. We will postpone this and begin to deal with all the ramifications of moving this, which are immense.Dick Pound


This is the largest sporting event to be cancelled due to Covid-19. The sponsorship dollars and television rights for the Summer Games are in the billions. The Olympic Games have never been suspended before, although they were cancelled during times of war. The 1916 Summer Games were canceled because of World War I and the Summer and Winter Games in 1940 and 1944 were cancelled during World War II.

Julien Absalon
Julien Absalon after his 2016 Rio Olympic race.
Marco Aurelio Fontana s emotions after he crossed the line on 20th place. He had to deal with flat tire as well.
Marco Aurelio Fontana's emotions after he crossed the line in 20th place after a flat tire in Rio in 2016.



178 Comments

  • 1718 9
 Dick Pound.
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 Dick Pound.
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 @J-Gordon: Dick Pound
  • 31 16
 Pounding that Richard.
  • 35 57
flag WAKIdesigns (Mar 23, 2020 at 12:12) (Below Threshold)
 Randy Johnson!
  • 15 8
 @WAKIdesigns: The Big Unit!
  • 8 35
flag WAKIdesigns (Mar 23, 2020 at 12:16) (Below Threshold)
 @endlessblockades: and their Italian agent Gino Taglio!
  • 54 4
 He's definitely a large member in the IOC
  • 11 2
 Nice try Dick, but I don't think this gets you on the DO-NOT-KILL list.
  • 25 1
 Pound, Dick
  • 60 0
 The name is Pound. Dick Pound.
  • 134 0
 Rough initials as well...
  • 2 3
 @SScat: huehuehue
  • 26 1
 Just call me DP for short
  • 4 5
 Ha ha ha! Julien Absalon
  • 17 0
 Dick Pound.
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flag WAKIdesigns (Mar 23, 2020 at 13:12) (Below Threshold)
 @EarlyRise: Kilokuk
  • 12 3
 Haha No fcking way, IOC is trolling us
  • 10 0
 DICK. POUND.
  • 4 2
 Fuggin legend!
  • 6 1
 Big baller
  • 16 0
 @jpat22: magic johnson
  • 37 0
 Everyone needs to make this the top rated comment of 2020 so PB has to acknowledge it.
  • 5 0
 Dick....................................................... Pound.............................................
  • 8 0
 Dick freaking pound. This dude rules.
  • 14 0
 TEAM ROBOT LIVES!!!
  • 13 0
 That's exactly where I stopped reading and scrolled to the comments too.
  • 4 0
 And I have a We Are One ad at the top that says "Hand Laid in Canada" Dick Pound
  • 2 1
 @IainJohnson:

#Richard
  • 4 0
 @Kimura: Rod Wood.

President of Detroit Lions.
  • 2 1
 @gofastdrinkbeer: I like your name.
  • 5 1
 The ramifications of this are immense - Dick Pound
  • 2 0
 @SScat:

S Scat...

Tell us about that......
  • 2 0
 Pound, Dick Pound
  • 1 1
 Tell us what you think about ebikes while you’re here!
  • 2 0
 Richard William Duncan "Dick" Pound Wink
  • 1 0
 Richard LB’s
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 bloody hell richard. good for you. good for you.
  • 1 0
 I stopped at Dick Pound.
  • 1 0
 Dick Pound doesn't need an e-bike.
  • 6 0
 Dick #
  • 2 0
 He preferred to be called Pounddawg.
  • 3 0
 Dick Pound loves a session on the grim donut
  • 1 0
 @SScat: lol
  • 1 0
 Dick move.
  • 5 1
 His friends in Europe call him Cock Kilo. Don`t know why..
  • 4 3
 @softsteel: Willy Kilo and his lovely wife Jenny Talia.
  • 8 0
 Joke: A guy comes to a uroligist, "doctor, I have a problem, I have a baby-sized Dick", "you mean so small?", "no, 8 Pounds and 16 inches".
  • 1 0
 @GZMS: ( ˆ _ ˆ )
  • 1 0
 @Mfro: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • 1 0
 @m-t-g: (>y<)
  • 2 0
 Dick poundland
  • 1 0
 It's been impounded, dammit, where?
  • 115 1
 2 out of 24 comments aren't about this guys name. Pinkbike comment section, I salute you.
  • 20 0
 What that really means is that 2 guys are apparently bots. Who could scroll past that name and the first thing they want to post is about economics or politics?
  • 8 0
 I'm proud of this community
  • 8 11
 Since there is no real mountain biking in the Olympics, nobody cares that they got canceled.
  • 4 1
 Dick Pound
  • 3 0
 We need to find those 2 people who didn't say dick pound and yeet them into the hidden comments
  • 87 0
 I wish all bad news could be delivered by people with funny names.
  • 91 0
 It really softens the blow...
  • 54 1
 @kcy4130: This is some hard news to swallow.
  • 10 0
 Definitely a firm delivery that hurts a bit.
  • 24 0
 Olympic hopefuls are getting the shaft.
  • 15 0
 And especially funny names that quote well out-of-context:

"deal with all the ramifications of moving this, which are immense"

-Dick Pound
  • 9 0
 Dick put his thinking cap on and thought long and hard about this decision. It really took balls to cancel the Olympics.
  • 56 0
 Thanks Dick, sport has taken a pounding.
  • 49 1
 His actually middle name is William (not kidding). Dick Will Pound.
  • 9 0
 I can't confirm this, but I will upvote it.
  • 5 0
 @Dogl0rd: I googled it and I ain't lying. Make fun Dick, Dick Will Pound. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Pound
  • 2 0
 @pacificnorthwet: After extensive research *searches on google*, I can confirm that this information is correct xD
  • 41 0
 Maybe it's just me, but the combination of the name Dick Pound and this image doesn't seem to be entirely coincidental...
  • 16 1
 It appears Dick Pound is popular among the athletes.
  • 11 0
 @scott-townes: popular among everyone in quarantine without a partner
  • 1 0
 @remoh: Marco aurelios partner appears to be just outside the frame....
  • 8 0
 It was funnier when Dick Pound was the President of COC.
  • 5 9
flag WAKIdesigns (Mar 23, 2020 at 14:22) (Below Threshold)
 “And a survey published earlier this month shows that Sweden has one of the worst attitudes to immigration in Europe” the moment I read this I know it’s horse shit. Being an immigrant and knowing how easily offended Swedes are at any notion of racism or sexism, I can assure you it is BS. Yes this sort of journalists should lose their jobs. Whole tone points clearly at a dumb snowflake. She may be agitating some students of social sciences in order to generate clicks.
  • 5 0
 @WAKIdesigns: Are we reading the same article? # DickPound
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: I think you made a wrong turn Waki.
  • 4 0
 @gaberoc: article? I'm not sure he's in the same universe
  • 5 1
 @WAKIdesigns: OMG, you're a bot!
  • 4 5
 Oh crap I did a covfefe...
  • 1 0
 @booked-for-simulation: finally, proof!
  • 40 0
 The oddest part about this is he could have just stuck with Rich.
  • 90 1
 Richard Half-Kilo
  • 6 3
 @MtbSince84: Correction, Richard 0.453592 a kilo Razz
  • 11 0
 I respect him for leaning into it.
  • 22 0
 Really? That photo is the one they want to use with a statement from Dick Pound?
  • 5 0
 Thats REALLY the photo they wanted to use.
  • 22 0
 Well this felt like a punch to the groin
  • 13 0
 Ya, a real knock on the cock.
  • 2 0
 I’ve seen that gif. Ouch
  • 21 0
 ...paging Mr. Pound. Dick Pound. Paging Mr. Dick Pound. You have a telephone call from Harry Balls.
  • 20 0
 Postpone the Dick Pounding!
  • 13 0
 This is a tough decision as so much has been invested and for many of the athle....... Wait does that say Dick Pound? Hahahahaha
  • 11 0
 And with another weighty statement, Dick Pound crushes the dreams of so many.
  • 10 0
 Now I have an extra year to qualify.
  • 7 0
 That photo should win photo of the year. I mean... it matches the title perfectly.
  • 5 0
 A Q and A with Dick Pound would be the pinnacle of journalism..... Pleaseeeeeee
  • 7 1
 In the alternative universe of Britain, his name means "Dick Money"
  • 1 0
 That's not legal in most places
  • 3 0
 Props to Sarah Moore for this little piece. The name, the quote, the photo ... brilliant! With the constant bad news and being stuck at home, I haven't laughed this hard in weeks! Bravo!
  • 5 0
 Cannot. Stop. Laughing.

Thank you, Pinkbike comments section. I haven’t laughed this hard in I don’t know how long.
  • 4 0
 Dick Pound. AKA DP Loves to give the D. This is just hilarious. I dint even read the article. LOL
  • 4 0
 Mr. Dick Pound must be the guy in the coffee video I've seen recently.
  • 4 0
 Surely he'd insist on Richard, Richie or Ric
  • 4 0
 Dick Pound, Ben Dover and Phil McCrackin.
  • 1 0
 I congratulate the choice of images, but for many athletes this probably means relief. The frustration is for the whole situation, but also not necessarily. Still, nice choice.
  • 4 1
 Looks like someone took Dicks news pretty hard!
  • 3 0
 Dick Pound! But seriously this needed to happen.
  • 4 0
 Dick Pound
  • 3 0
 Thanks PB. I needed a laugh and the title's description did that for me.
  • 3 0
 This announcement will be made into a porno spoof in 3...2...1...
  • 3 0
 Dick Pound for president!
  • 3 0
 “It will come in stages. “
  • 1 0
 .govs should be soley focused on those groups most vulnerable, not shutting down entire economies. Need military style pinpoint strikes, not carpet bombs.
  • 1 0
 Pound it hard now, mop up the mess later
  • 6 3
 this sucks
  • 7 20
flag bman33 (Mar 23, 2020 at 12:38) (Below Threshold)
 Olympics have been nothing but a money pit and joke for years. Sucks for the legit athletes, but myself and many I know won't really care either way if the Olympics occur at all.
  • 5 4
 @bman33: are you a contender for a gold medal in olympics? What discipline?
  • 7 0
 *pounds
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flag bman33 (Mar 23, 2020 at 13:21) (Below Threshold)
 @GZMS: I am not and you know very well I am not...never claimed to be. I will point to my comment a few mm's above your screen depending on which platform you are using: "...Sucks for the legit athletes...". What part of that statement do you not comprehend?

From an organizational perspective as well as local (Olympic sites) it's a corrupt money grab and leaves most local economies in mess with a few exceptions. In addition, so many pros are in the Olympics now is a far cry from what it used to be. Add that to the fact that some countries 'breed' Olympians from early childhood years as if they were in a guarded boot-camp....yes, it's a joke and laughable. I hope that clears it up for you. Will all agree with me? No. However, many do.
  • 8 2
 @bman33: I'm sorry, but you did notice the International Olympic Committee members name, didn't you? And you were still able to make a serious post?
  • 4 2
 @bman33: take yourself too serious much?
  • 1 0
 @nurseben: not at all. However, apparently GZMS did. Big Grin and to @smithcreek, I did notice Dick, but there were already 150 snarks and laughs on it so I figured I would let that one rest...
  • 2 1
 @bman33: It was quite unclear, as your statement about athletes was a dangling modifier. Snicker snicker... English major joke.
  • 2 0
 Spankin Frank finally speaks up. Or is that peaks up.
  • 4 2
 Invest billions becomes part of “ABANDONED PLACES” On facebook
  • 2 0
 Is Dick Pound is right behind Marco in that pic above?
  • 3 0
 Dick Pound.
  • 2 0
 I think everyone's being a little too hard on Dick.
  • 1 0
 good. the safety of athletes and spectators are more important than their bank account
  • 2 0
 I am just here for Dick Pound comments......again
  • 1 0
 This isn't a surprise it was only a matter of time before they took these measures!
  • 4 2
 Dick pound...LMFAO
  • 2 0
 50 Pound Dick
  • 1 0
 In 2020 Olympic Games have been postponed due to 3rd economic World War...
  • 1 0
 Richard William Duncan "Dick" Pound Wink
  • 1 0
 Don't be a (pounding) Dick!
  • 1 0
 Someone please comment on Marco Aurelio's emotions.
  • 1 0
 You can't just casually slip in a Dick Pound and expect us not to notice
  • 1 0
 Dick Pound is currently the IOC’s longest serving active member...
  • 1 2
 About time. What were they waiting on? Hoping they could still justify the billions they invested getting ready?
  • 18 1
 Excuse me sir, in this thread we are only discussing Dick Pound. Please see yourself out.
  • 2 0
 @Sardine: sorry, didn’t realize. As you were...
  • 1 0
 Biggest.Duh.Ever.
  • 1 0
 Yes , its normal folks
  • 1 0
 Dick Pound
  • 1 0
 Wait, wait, let me do it.
  • 2 0
 Dick Pound.
  • 1 1
 Who gives a shit. There`s no mtb in the olympic games, no trve mtb I mean.
  • 1 0
 Fanny Buck??
  • 2 4
 It seems the Tokyo test race was the only race in Tokyo. Well, well, with a victory in Tokyo, Nino.
  • 1 3
 The primary reason is it’s going to take at least another year to engineer a proper recyclable bed
  • 3 5
 This is the best news to come out of the COVID-19 BS. Fuck the IOC.
  • 4 7
 No shit Sherlock, just cancel this year,nothing is going to happen
  • 3 6
 What about the BC Bike Race..??
  • 4 3
 You better hope Justin gets his head out of his ass and forces a quarantine ASAP. It's your only chance.
  • 5 2
 @C0yotekid: In Quebec we are in quarantine right now! The other provinces tend to follow what we do...pretty sure british columbia will follow soon as they have a lot of infected people! Don't wait for Justin to make some rules, he's too afraid! We (city of Montreal) needed to send police officers at the airport to help because Justin (federal gvt) wasn't doing anything!! lol
  • 5 2
 @Timo82: I'm in Montreal and you sound like an arrogant a*shole. I just want you to know that.

Also, Dick Pound. Lolz!
  • 2 2
 @typx: Mmmm okay. Thanks, I guess!?
  • 4 0
 @typx: Not to sound like a dick, but as someone from Ontario, I read about arrogant Quebec'ers on the news all the time. I think some are still upset that they took a pounding when the British came.



DICK POUND
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 @Timo82: you're quarantine is pointless until the whole country is forced to do it. They also need to shut down the airports. Oh and please threaten my boss with jail time...
  • 1 0
 @C0yotekid: Not pointless! Not perfect but it will help a lot! People won't do a lot of travelling these days so even if 10 people from Ontario come here, it is not thousands, big big difference. If I remember, only canadians can come back here now so yeah, airports pretty much shut down.

Your boss?

People are weird on pinkbike... :S
  • 1 0
 Yep, my boss is forcing us to keep working. He could not care less about Trudeau gently asking him to come to reason. We need the police to enforce a quanrantine like Italy and Spain and get rid of it right away...

Comprends-tu mieux criss d'épais?
  • 1 0
 @C0yotekid: Tant mieux pour toi asti d'mongole! Big Grin Moi je suis en congé, bonne chance avec tes poumons pour refaire du bike apres mon gars! hahaha a*shole!
  • 1 0
 @Timo82: le seul problème que j'ai c'est que même si je quarantine il y aura encore beaucoup de porteurs de virus en circulation...
  • 1 0
 @C0yotekid: Bcp moins de risques quand même... Je sors maintenant 1 fois par semaine pour nourriture alors seule chance d'attraper est là. Avant c'était tous les jours de la semaine a la job en plus! Il va en avoir bcp en circulation autour mais l'important est toi, rendu là, que toi tu sois safe.
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