It is now official.
The start of the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games has been postponed.
Even though the July 24 start is four months into the future, the International Olympic Committee did the right thing by acting proactively.
Many voices called for cancellation or postponement, for good reason.
It is hard to imagine a better environment for incubation and transmission of a worldwide virus than to bring people from all over the world into close proximity to one another in a confined space surrounded by a city of over 13 million people.
Using conservative figures, if three percent of the population of Tokyo were to contract the coronavirus, it would equate to 390,000 cases.
If the mortality rate were three percent, it would equate to almost 12,000 deaths.
To what end?
To see who can ran the fastest, jump the highest, cut through the water the fastest and other such achievements.
It is truly unfortunate, but the measure had to be taken.
At the end of the games, approximately 10,000 athletes would return from Tokyo, perhaps carrying the contagion with them and setting it loose in their native lands.
Some people may recall the 2016 Rio Summer Games, where concern over the Zika virus left many athletes with a difficult decision. A few stayed home, but the games did go on and the worst-case scenario did not happen.
Since the Olympic Games were started again in 1896, the only cancellations were for World War I in 1916 and World War II in 1940 and 1944.
The International Olympic Committee made the right call by postponing the games until 2021.
The IOC was under pressure from athletes and Olympic Committees from around the world.
The IOC did enjoy the luxury of time, something that cannot be said about professional leagues around the world, where the crisis exploded in the midst of just ahead of seasons.