COVID-19: number of people affected by Olympics 2020 postponement

The COVID-19 pandemic at the beginning of 2020 hit the sports industry hard. Many professional leagues across the globe suspended their seasons and events have been cancelled. The Olympic Games were due to take place in Tokyo at the end of July 2020 but, on March 24, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) took the decision to delay the Games until 2021. Given the commitment and training involved in the lead up to an Olympic year, this postponement has had a significant impact on the 11,000 Olympic athletes and 4,400 Paralympic athletes who were due to compete in the event.

Number of people affected by the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as of March 2020, by category

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Release date

March 2020



Survey time period

as of March 2020

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