09 April 2020
Olympic to cancel
Until now, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is still monitoring the development of the Coronavirus that is known officially as the COVID-19 outbreak. The IOC has a three-month window to make a decision on the Games, which are scheduled to begin on July 24 and run until August.
If the situation is too serious for officials to hold the Games in Tokyo, the IOC is likely to cancel the Games altogether since there is no possibility to postpone it or move to another city.
“You just don’t postpone something on the size and scale of the Olympics,” Dick Pound, a longtime member of the IOC, was quoted saying by AP. “There’s so many moving parts, so many countries and different seasons, and competitive seasons, and television seasons. You can’t just say, `We’ll do it in October.’”
In the meantime, Pound encouraged athletes to keep training for the Olympics. Some 11,000 athletes will attend the Games, while the Olympic golf tournament is set to begin on July 30. Justin Rose and Inbee Park are the defending Olympic champions in the golf events.
Directing his words to the athletes, Pound stated: “As far as we all know, you’re going to be in Tokyo. All indications are at this stage that it will be business as usual. So keep focused on your sport and be sure that the IOC is not going to send you into a pandemic situation.”
As the coronavirus might cause “severe” disruptions to the Olympics, the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee has announced they have established a “coronavirus countermeasures task force,” to be led by Toshiro Muto, its chief executive officer. Muto has also stated that the Games will be held as scheduled.