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2020 Tokyo Olympics have been postponed

The Warriors were going to be well represented, but that will have to wait.

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The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, are being postponed, per a report from Christine Brennan of USA Today.

Brennan spoke with a member of the International Olympic Committee, and reported that the event will likely take place next year:

Veteran International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound told USA TODAY Sports Monday afternoon that the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games are going to be postponed, likely to 2021, with the details to be worked out in the next four weeks.

“On the basis of the information the IOC has, postponement has been decided,” Pound said in a phone interview. “The parameters going forward have not been determined, but the Games are not going to start on July 24, that much I know.”

This felt inevitable, given the severity of the coronavirus outbreak, but it was clear that the IOC wasn’t going to make anything official until they had to. Their hand was forced over the weekend when Canada and Australia both announced that they would not be sending any athletes to the 2020 Olympics, if the games continued as scheduled.

The news impacts the Golden State Warriors, who were going to be represented at the games. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr is a Team USA assistant coach under Gregg Popovich and, as of a few days ago, was using his shelter in place time to prepare for tho Olympics.

Golden State also figured to have a player or two on the roster. Steph Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson were among the 44 finalists for the roster, along with former Warriors Harrison Barnes, Kevin Durant and JaVale McGee.

Curry, Green and Thompson had all expressed a desire to play in the upcoming games, with the Splash Brothers hoping to use the games as a chance to round into basketball form ahead of the 2020-21 season.

Now that’s on hold. The state of the current NBA season, the next NBA season, and the Olympics is all up in the air.

For Curry, that means the quest for a gold medal will go on a little longer. The two-time MVP missed the 2016 Olympics due to injuries, but Thompson and Green won gold medals alongside Barnes, Durant, Jimmy Butler, DeAndre Jordan, Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Kyrie Irving, Paul George, Carmelo Anthony, and future teammate DeMarcus Cousins.

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