SwimSwam Pulse: 47% Support Postponing 2020 Olympics

SwimSwam Pulse is a recurring feature tracking and analyzing the results of our periodic A3 Performance Polls. You can cast your vote in our newest poll on the SwimSwam homepage, about halfway down the page on the right side, or you can find the poll embedded at the bottom of this post.

Our most recent poll asked SwimSwam readers what should be done with the 2020 Olympics:


Question: What should be done with the 2020 Olympics amidst the coronavirus pandemic?

  • Postpone – the Games should be postponed immediately so athletes can adjust their preparation – 47.2%
  • Wait & See – there’s plenty of time to make decisions closer to the Olympics – 34.2%
  • Nothing – let the Olympics proceed on schedule – 12.0%
  • Cancel – the Olympics should be canceled until the coronavirus spread is under control – 6.6%

Our poll ran both before and after the IOC‘s decision to postpone the 2020 Olympics, and nearly half of voters supported postponement over cancellation or a longer wait for a decision.

47.2% supported the postponement, with well over half of those votes coming in before news started to leak this week that the IOC was planning to postpone. The postponement effort will be a complex one, but voters generally favored an early decision that allowed athletes to adjust their plans.

On the other hand, “wait and see” was the #2 choice in this poll, getting 34.2% of the votes. Especially in the early goings of the poll, many were overly optimistic about the coronavirus pandemic, hoping or predicting that it would be settled quickly, well before the Olympics’ original July start date. But the major issue has been the weeks between now and then – nations would have had to pivot on their Olympic selection criteria, and athletes were struggling to balance the need to quarantine for public health with their desire to train for an Olympic dream many years in the making.

Just 12% voted to allow the Olympics to proceed on schedule, and 6% said the Olympics as a whole should be canceled.


Below, vote in our new A3 Performance Pollwhich asks voters what swim star Dean Farris should do after taking an Olympic redshirt for the now-postponed 2020 Olympics:

What should Dean Farris do for the 2020-2021 NCAA season?

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8 months ago

This week’s poll is based on a false premise. Dean can do three things simultaneously as father, son and Holy Ghost.

8 months ago

From today’s Washington Post regarding the IOC’s decision: From reading the political landscape, [former IOC marketing director] Payne believes the response from Canada and Australia [in withdrawing from the Games unless postponed] was actually welcomed by [IOC president] Bach, if not coordinated with the IOC. If countries started pulling out, Japan would have no choice but to announce a postponement. Payne pointed out that Australian Olympic Committee President John Coates is an IOC member, one of Bach’s closest allies and the chairman of the IOC’s oversight committee for Tokyo 2020. “It is inconceivable that was just a coincidence that Australia makes that announcement,” Payne said. “It strengthened Bach’s hand with the Japanese: ‘It doesn’t matter whether this gets fixed. We… Read more »

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Jared Anderson swam for nearly twenty years. Then, Jared Anderson stopped swimming and started writing about swimming. He's not sick of swimming yet. Swimming might be sick of him, though. Jared was a YMCA and high school swimmer in northern Minnesota, and spent his college years swimming breaststroke and occasionally pretending …

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