The Olympic flame will remain in Japan despite the fact that it has been made a decision to postpone the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics amid the coronavirus pandemic, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee said on Tuesday in a joint statement.
Although the International Olympic Committee has not made an official announcement, International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams did not refute Pound's claim when USA Today sought comment.
The upcoming Olympic Games, which were scheduled to begin on July 24 in Tokyo, Japan, have been the topic of much discussion as the coronavirus pandemic has swept the planet over the last few weeks.
"That is why we applied (to the IOC) for a postponement", Swiss Olympic president Juerg Stahl said.
The fate of the 2020 Games had been up in the air for weeks amid concerns that the COVID-19 pandemic could spread further if millions of visitors from around the world descended on the Japanese capital in July for the opening ceremony.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stated on Monday that he was in line with the International Olympic Committee in keeping the Olympics start date on July 24, but added that "If that becomes hard - and thinking first about the health of the athletes - we may have no option but to consider postponing the Games".
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"This is not exclusively about athlete health - it is about public health".
Major sporting nations Australia and Canada had already withdrawn on Monday as organizers came under global pressure to postpone the event for the first time in the Olympics' 124-year modern history.
"Of course we are considering different scenarios, but we are contrary to many other sports organizations or professional leagues in that we are four and a half months away from the Games", said Bach.
Over the weekend, National Olympic Committees began signaling they would either heavily push for postponement, or refuse to bring their athletes to Tokyo. With this in mind, it was revealed today that the Olympics would be postponed.
Five-time Olympian Hayley Wickenheiser, who was an early critic of IOC's plan to press ahead with the Tokyo Games, said: "Very proud of (Canadian flag) this evening".
The U.S. Olympic Committee did not immediately responded to PEOPLE's request for comment.