The Tokyo Olympics Could Be Cancelled Due to Coronavirus

Ross Houston
February 27, 2020

And, if officials determine it's too risky to move forward, "You're probably looking at a cancellation".

"It would be tough to get the kind of blanket coverage that people expect around the Olympic Games", Pound said.

The death toll from the flu-like virus, which originated in China, has exceeded 2,600 while more than 80,000 have been infected.

As the death toll beyond China rises so do fears that the outbreak could snowball into a pandemic.

On Monday, a medical panel advising Japan's government warned the coming weeks will be "critical" in preventing the outbreak from spreading out of control. He also represented Canada as a swimmer at the Olympics. According to the AP article, Pound encouraged athletes to keep training saying, "As far as we all know, you're going to be in Tokyo".

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"This is the new war and you have to face it". "But everything we're hearing is that the Games are on track and will happen in the summer".

About 73 per cent of the IOC's $5.7 billion USA income in a four-year Olympic cycle is from broadcast rights.

"We are dealing with it. and we remain confident the Games will go ahead".

The United States and South Korea will postpone, until further notice, joint military exercises planned for the spring due to the spread of a new coronavirus, the two sides said Thursday.

"For OCM, the Olympics will be held in Tokyo as scheduled (from July 24-August 9) unless there is further announcement from International Olympic Committee", he said.


The virus that originated in China is disrupting all of the country's sports schedules and has raised concerns about the Tokyo Olympics.

There have only been five Olympics canceled in modern history - all of which were abandoned due to the onset of a world war. "It's just a matter of monitoring how this plays out".

As for the possibility of postponement, he said: "You just don't postpone something on the size and scale of the Olympics".

He did not name specific events but said he was speaking about nationwide events that attract large crowds. And if by then, the International Olympic Committee decides that the games can not proceed in Tokyo, Pound says that it will probably be cancelled rather than postponed. There's the logistics of the food, the security, the construction of the Olympic Village, Pound says. "The media folks will be in there building their studios".

Muto declined to speculate about the future condition of the virus.


"We have to think of alternatives", he said.

". And we (athletes) take into consideration those things before we decide to compete".

"Countermeasures against infectious diseases constitute an important part of Tokyo 2020's plans to host a safe and secure Games". It is to start in Japan on March 26 in Fukushima prefecture, located 250 kilometres (150 miles) northeast of Tokyo.

Muto insisted the Torch Relay, which begins in the disaster-hit Fukushima Prefecture on March 29, would not be cancelled despite the outbreak. "We would like to prepare steadily for the event, including offering information overseas regarding our measures against the spread of the coronavirus", Suga said.


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