In a letter to the athlete community, IOC president Thomas Bach announced on Sunday that the committee would begin exploring alternate ways to stage the Games, including postponement – but refuse to cancel the Games, saying it would "destroy the Olympic dream of 11,000 athletes."
"Cancelation would not solve any problem and would help nobody. Therefore it is not on our agenda," wrote IOC President Thomas Bach last week.
The announcement by Pound comes after The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) and Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), confirmed that they will not be sending athletes to the upcoming Summer Games unless organisers postponed the competition until the following year.
“We have athletes based overseas, training at central locations around Australia as teams and managing their own programs. With travel and other restrictions this becomes an untenable situation,” AOC chief executive Matt Carroll said.
“Our athletes now need to prioritise their own health and of those around them, and to be able to return to the families, in discussion with their national federations.”