Mar 23, 2020 6:52 PM

Tokyo Olympics seem sure to happen, but in 2021, not 2020

Posted Mar 23, 2020 6:52 PM
The Olympic games logo
The Olympic games logo

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics are probably going to happen but almost surely in 2021 rather than in four months as planned.

That seems clear after the International Olympic Committee said it was considering a postponement. Major Olympic nations like Canada and Australia are adding pressure by making it clear they will not go if the games are staged this year.

IOC President Thomas Bach sent a letter to athletes explaining the decision and why it might take so long while also acknowledging the extended timeline might not be popular. He said a final decision was likely to come in four weeks.

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KU's Garrett a Naismith Defensive Player of Year finalist
KU's Marcus Garrett. Photo courtesy kuathletics.com" />
KU's Marcus Garrett. Photo courtesy kuathletics.com

ATLANTA – Kansas junior Marcus Garrett has been named one of four finalists for the 2020 Naismith Defensive Player of the Year, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Monday.

Joining Garrett as finalists are Ashton Hagans (Kentucky), Tre Jones (Duke) and Mark Vital (Baylor). The finalists were chosen by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s board of selectors, comprised of leading journalists from around the country, who based their selections on outstanding on-court defensive performances during the 2019-20 regular college basketball season. The winners are scheduled to be announced on April 1, and each winner will be honored with a ceremony at a later date.

Garrett led the Big 12 in assists (4.6) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.7). The junior guard from Dallas also ranked among the Big 12 leaders in steals (fifth at 1.8). Garrett averaged 4.5 deflections per game this season, including 6.9 in his last nine outings for No. 1 Kansas. For the season, Garrett averaged 9.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. He was the 2020 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, USBWA All-District VI, All-Big 12 Second Team (AP) and a unanimous Big 12 All-Defensive Team selection.

This is the third year of the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Award. West Virginia’s Jevon Carter was the first recipient in 2018 and Matisse Thybulle of Washington was last year’s honoree.