Published: Thu, February 27, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

IOC member casts doubt on postponing or moving Tokyo Games

IOC member casts doubt on postponing or moving Tokyo Games

Pound said that there is likely a two- or three-month window to make a decision, which means the International Olympic Committee could have until May to take action.

"I want to make it clear that the Organizing Committee and the International Olympic Committee are not holding any discussions whatsoever about whether or not to hold the Tokyo Games", Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told parliament on February 6.Like the organizing committee and Team USA, some analysts and economists say they expect the coronavirus outbreak to be fully contained by the time the games roll around. "A lot of things have to start happening".

Tokyo 2020 could be CANCELED over the coronavirus - so says a senior Olympic official who says postponing or moving the games to another country is probably out of the question.

Japan has already postponed the training of Olympic volunteers and the March 1 Tokyo Marathon has been restricted to elite conetstants, blocking another 38,000 runners.

In Japan itself, the government has confirmed over 850 coronavirus infections, yet most of these originate from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which was docked in Yokohama. Japan is officially spending $12.6 billion to organize the Olympics, although a national audit board says the country is spending twice that much. China has reported more than 2,700 deaths, and China is the host nation for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Because of the necessary prep for the event, he'd expect a full cancellation, Pound said; he also noted that it would be hard for media worldwide to cover the event if it got pushed back to the fall. About 11,000 are expected for the Olympics, which open July 24, and 4,400 are bound for the Paralympics, which open August 25.

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Earlier in the day, he received a grand ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan, the resident of India's president. He said at the news conference that, if a deal happens, it will likely be "towards the end of the year".

"You could certainly go to two months out if you had to", Pound said.

By May 2020, the International Olympic Committee will assess if the international coronavirus situation warrants canceling the Tokyo Olympics.

"What we need to know is to use some of the best expert disease specialists to find out what is the risk to the team", the retired swim star said.

Since the start of the modern Olympics in 1896, the games have only been canceled three times - once during World War I and twice during World War II.

The 35-year-old Adams has qualified for her fifth Games after returning to competition this year following the birth of her second child.

"It is politically charged and it's a sensitive topic [but] if we don't make a stand, what's going to happen to that female category of sport?" "It may come down to a government intervention in Japan, or other governments saying "we don't want our citizens travelling there".

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