MORE: What about tickets for 2020 Olympics?Many anticipated such a move on the part of the IOC, especially after countries like Canada and Australia claimed they would not participate if the Olympics are held as scheduled this summer. Yet the reactions flooded social media in the wake of USA Today’s report.Below are a few of those reactions.Rosie MacLennan, two-time Olympic gold medalist, on Canada’s decision to withdraw from the Tokyo Olympics:“Now is not the time to be focused on high-performance sport. Now is the time to be focused on what’s going on in the health of the country.”https://t.co/IwqEcSeJLy— Dan Robson (@RobsonDan) March 23, 2020″It is serious and it’s ramping up…my family is doing what we need to do to stay safe.’Fastest man in the world @__coleman, from ATL, says he’ll keep training to be ready whenever the #Olympics happen.Reports today they *will be postponed. #11Alive pic.twitter.com/tNrwQHlaHV— Cheryl Preheim (@CherylPreheim) March 23, 2020Gold medalist Jenn Suhr: Coronavirus hardships ‘bigger than the Olympic Games’ https://t.co/kTKImUMupG #ROC— Democrat & Chronicle (@DandC) March 23, 2020The Olympic Games #Tokio2020 will be postponed due to #COVIDー19I saw it coming, but I simply can’t believe it!https://t.co/PnjHMVXVai— Gesa Krause (@GesaFK) March 23, 2020Decision is not a surprise: qualification events cancelled globally, Olympic and Paralympic training facilities have closed their doors to hundreds of athletes here in the US, and there is much we simply don’t know about this novel virus and whether it will in fact come in waves— Carolyn Manno (@carolynmanno) March 23, 2020Athletes across the world are quarantined in their homes, unable to train. They are going show up to the Olympics like Thor in Endgame pic.twitter.com/ktDpfJoZT8— Lolo Jones (@lolojones) March 21, 2020Memo to people asking why the 2020 Olympics need to be postponed now: It’s not about whether they can actually happen in July (doubtful anyway), it’s that the athletes can no longer train on anything that resembles a level playing field, and impossible to hold selection trials.— Ryan Heath (@PoliticoRyan) March 23, 2020So tough, but thank goodness it isn’t cancelled! Thinking of the @USASoftballWNT and other Olympic friends through this… https://t.co/cWATwsvd7q— Lauren Chamberlain (@LChamberlain44) March 23, 2020I’ve been so damn impressed talking to the few Canadian MTB Olympic hopefuls about the decision to not take part in the Games unless they postpone to 2021. Super composed, thoughtful racers with impressively strong outlooks on the situation + their training plans going forward.— Molly Hurford (@mollyjhurford) March 23, 2020Glad to hear the IOC is postponing the Olympics but to make up for it, can they upload full event replays of all previous Olympics to watch while we’re in quarantine?— Yulin Kuang (@YulinKuang) March 23, 2020Is this now a collector’s item? #Olympics pic.twitter.com/768fx2G3ez— Mark Poulose (@MarkPoulose) March 23, 2020 In the context of the impact the coronavirus has had on the global sports landscape, what seemed like an inevitability for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo will soon become a reality. International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound says the Games will be postponed, likely to 2021.”On the basis of the information the IOC has, postponement has been decided,” Pound told USA Today. “The parameters going forward have not been determined, but the Games are not going to start on July 24, that much I know.”
Here’s the sort of tale that only happens once in a blue moon. It’s a story of electrical connection and amazing artistry with fabric and fingertips.Twenty-plus years ago, the former Rosanne Rockwell was working as an electrician crew leader when she met a fellow electrician, John Hatfield. Hatfield immediately felt a spark with Rockwell, he said, and figured he’d better move fast. He is 17 years older than she, and assumed Rockwell would get snapped up by someone else if he didn’t.Fortunately, she felt electricity, too. The couple married 34 days after they met.Newlywed Rosanne Hatfield had no special interest in quilting then, but her new husband’s mother died while working on a quilt for the couple. When Rosanne was forced to retire due to serious illness, she took over the project. She started studying quilting with Dianne Kane of Camas and dragging her husband, who grew up in a quilting family, to quilt shows.It turned out that John Hatfield had an electrician’s critical eye for imperfections, and thought he could do better. His new wife challenged him to try. “So the very first quilt he enters in a show, he wins a ribbon,” she said with loving irritation.The former power couple now embrace quilting as their shared pastime. They frequently work side by side on sewing machines in the little workshop in their home near Vancouver Mall. One of John Hatfield’s proudest possessions is his massive crafter’s cabinet that contains dozens of little drawers, shelves and boxes.