USA Taekwondo News Tokyo 2020 Postponed

Tokyo 2020 Postponed

March 24, 2020, 11:30 a.m. (ET)

(March 24, 2020) - Overnight the International Olympic Committee and Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee announced a delay to the Olympic and Paralympic Games, which will be moved to no later than summer 2021.

USA Taekwondo is supportive of this delay - given the current situation on a global scale, and the difficulties athletes are facing in both qualifying and continuing to train for the most important competition of their lives, delay became both unavoidable and necessary.


A joint statement by the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee reads: 


"In the present circumstances and based on the information provided by the WHO today, the IOC President and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community."


At this time, USA Taekwondo remains hopeful that the situation will improve sufficiently for the National Championships in San Antonio to go ahead - safely - as planned. We are in regular contact with health and event officials in Texas and want to assure all members that the most important factor in any decision will be the health and safety of our competitors, coaches and families. 


Additionally we are working closely with State Championship organizers on necessary postponements and cancellations, and will communicate those changes, and any effects on National Championship qualification, as soon as we have new info.


We thank you for your patience and understanding through this unprecedented global event.


If any event is rescheduled we will communicate this information to all members immediately - in the meantime, keep training at home, stay focussed and we look forward to seeing you all soon.