Team USA Basketball Executives Remain Committed Despite the Delay
The Olympic Games have been moved to 2021.
Due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus and pressure to make a call, the IOC has opted to push the Summer Olympics in Tokyo back by one year. The Canadian and Australian Olympic committees announced that they would not be sending their athletes to Tokyo this Summer, while numerous other countries urged the IOC to postpone the festivities.
As far as how these effect Team USA Basketball, Jerry Colangelo and Gregg Popovich remain committed to the program despite the delay.
“The commitments everyone made for 2020 are still there; we’re all-in and we’re committed,” Colangelo said. “It’s important to deal with the unknowns and this virus. This too shall pass, and we’ll be back for everyone’s well-being.”
The delay to the NBA season would have created conflict with the Olympics if they were to remain this Summer.
“We will follow the leader. We have to wait to see how everything is laid out and we’ll make the adjustment,” Colangelo said. “Our players are NBA players first, let’s face that… Changing the window for the NBA is easier said than done. There’s a lot of logistics and contracts to deal with. Same for the Olympics. You have to assume it will be around the same dates.”
This marks the first time the Olympics have been forced to be postponed. The Games have previously been canceled on only one occasion due to war.