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Olympics update: IOC remains fully committed to 2020 Tokyo Games, despite coronavirus concerns
Michelle R. Martinelli
March 3, 2020 9:45 am
With the upcoming Summer Olympics less than five months away, International Olympic Committee senior member Dick Pound some doubt on whether or not the 2020 Tokyo Games will take place as planned when they’re normally a foregone conclusion.

As a result of the global outbreak of the coronavirus, if the IOC decides to cancel the Olympics, the decision would likely be made by late May, about two months before the Opening Ceremony, Pound said in an interview with the Associated Press. He also said postponement isn’t really a viable option. So depending on officials’ answer to his question — “‘Is this under sufficient control that we can be confident about going to Tokyo or not?'” — the only alternative may be to cancel the Games.

However, the International Olympic Committee Executive Board, in a statement Tuesday, “expressed its full commitment to the success of the Olympic Games” occurring as scheduled this summer in Tokyo from July 24 through August 9.

It also encouraged athletes to continue training and preparing for the Games as usual.

More from the IOC’s statement:

The IOC EB heard a report on all the measures taken so far to address the coronavirus situation, which was followed by a comprehensive discussion.

A joint task force had already been created in mid-February, involving the IOC, Tokyo 2020, the host city of Tokyo, the government of Japan and the World Health Organization (WHO). The IOC EB appreciates and supports the measures being taken, which constitute an important part of Tokyo’s plans to host safe and secure Games.

The IOC will continue to follow the advice of WHO, as the leading United Nations agency on this topic.


The modern Olympics have never been canceled because of health concerns, like the coronavirus — although they have been canceled five times in the past because of World War I and II. However, if the Games carry on as scheduled but athletes are still worried, some may opt not to compete, like a handful did for the 2016 Rio Olympics because of Zika virus concerns.
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IOC rules out staging Tokyo Olympic Games behind closed doors
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Last modified on Tue 17 Mar 2020 00.30 GMT
The International Olympic Committee has ruled out staging the Tokyo Games behind closed doors because insiders say that would be anathema to the philosophy of a movement that seeks to bring people across the globe together in celebration of sport.

Almost every major sport has shut down because of Covid-19 but the IOC and the Tokyo Organising Committee continue to maintain in public and private that the Games will go ahead in July. An IOC executive board meeting will take place on Tuesday but it is understood a postponement is not on the agenda.

While the IOC’s approach has drawn criticism, those with knowledge of the situation say it wants to give athletes every chance to compete in Tokyo and believes there is no need to make a quick decision regarding postponement given the opening ceremony is four months away.

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Interesting read on what is going on behind the scenes of the Olympic Games.

Tokyo 2020: Why is Olympic decision taking so long?
By Laura Scott, Dan Roan and Alex Capstick
BBC Sport
Even the Olympics is not immune. It now seems almost certain that Tokyo 2020 will be postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the world.

But as the IOC gives itself another four weeks to mull over a delay, what forces are at play behind the biggest peacetime decision world sport has ever seen? Why do they need so long to do what most now see as the only option? And what will the fallout be?

On Tuesday afternoon, the British Olympic Association (BOA) will add their voice to those demanding a postponement, following an emergency conference call with UK Sport, performance directors, and representatives of TeamGB athletes.
https://www.bbc.com/sport/olympics/52007137
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