The International Olympic Committee have released a statement regarding Tokyo 2020 which affects Rangers star, Ianis Hagi.
Much of the sporting world has effectively gone into lockdown over the past week, with events suspended amid a global health pandemic.
In perhaps the highest-profile postponement yet, UEFA announced on Tuesday that Euro 2020 would be delayed for a year in order to free up space to allow domestic leagues to be finished.
UEFA today announced the postponement of UEFA EURO 2020.
A working group has been set up with the participation of leagues and club representatives to examine calendar solutions that would allow for the completion of the current season…
Full statement: 👇
— UEFA (@UEFA) March 17, 2020
However, for now, it seems the Summer Olympics will be going ahead as scheduled.
The international multi-sport event is set to kick off on 24 July and end on 9t August and after an initial consultation with stakeholders, the IOC Executive Board released a communique reaffirming their commitment to hosting between those dates.
Communique from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) regarding the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 https://t.co/EumE9qtROI
— IOC MEDIA (@iocmedia) March 17, 2020
Quotes from the IOC’s stakeholder consultations regarding the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 https://t.co/KSP5hxWff0
— IOC MEDIA (@iocmedia) March 18, 2020
It’s been agreed that actions will be undertaken to support the containment of the virus and to ‘safeguard the interests of the athletes and of Olympic sport.’
Yet, the event start date is deemed sufficiently far away that ‘drastic decisions’ are currently not required.
Rangers star Hagi will no doubt be keeping a close eye on developments given that he’s due to be part of the Romania squad in Tokyo.
His nation gained one of four qualifying spots via the UEFA Euro U21 Championships held in the summer, securing them a place alongside the likes of Argentina, New Zealand, South Korea and the Ivory Coast at the Olympics.
— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) February 26, 2020
The Gers have an option to buy Hagi when his loan deal from Genk expires at the end of the season.
However, while there’s clearly a lot of uncertainty surrounding the footballing schedule at the minute, should the 21-year-old sign a permanent contract at Ibrox, the timing of the Olympics would likely ensure he misses the first few rounds of Champions League or Europa League qualifying for his club.