Tokyo Olympics officially postponed
In news that surprises no-one, overnight the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has officially postponed the Tokyo Olympics for one year - Tokyo 2020 will now become Tokyo 2021.
Despite Japan's bullish stance, and despite dithering from the IOC, the peak body had its hand forced when on Monday Team Canada pulled out of the Games.
It was unethical, it said, for athletes to be burdened with the pressure of training for the Games when something much bigger was at stake.
"This is not solely about athlete health — it is about public health," the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Committees jointly wrote in a letter to IOC President Thomas Bach.
"The two committees are calling on the International Olympic Committee to postpone the Games for a year, citing the safety of athletes and the general public amid the COVID-19 pandemic."
Almost immediately after the Canadian's letter was made public, Australia's Olympic Committee issued a similar statement saying it had instructed their athletes to "prepare for the Games being delayed by a year".
Team Great Britain joined in. New Zealand followed. Then, crucially, the Americans added their weight.
The postponemment is expected to cause little disruption in surfing. Unlike many other Olympic sports, surfing doesn't have annual or bi-annual World Championships that are scheduled to fit between succesive Games.
The twelve-month delay is expected to cost Japan about $US6 billion ($10 billion), according to one Japanese economics professor, the only upside being it would cost more to cancel the games altogether.
Tokyo organisers have already spent between $US12 billion ($20 billion) and $US26 billion ($44 billion), depending on which report you believe.