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Coronavirus: IOC issues statement on the fate of Tokyo 2020 Olympics

The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Sunday released a statement on the fate of the upcoming Olympic games scheduled for Tokyo later this year.

The statement comes in the wake of after a meeting by the Executive board on Sunday following the continuous spread of the novel coronavirus also known as COVID-19.

The statement on Sunday read; “To safeguard the health of all involved and to contribute to the containment of Covid-19, the IOC will step up its scenario-planning for the Olympic Games, Tokyo 2020.

“These scenarios relate to modifying existing operational plans for the Games to go ahead on 24 July 2020, and also for changes to the start date of the Games.

“This step will allow for better visibility of the rapidly changing development of the health situation around the world and in Japan. “

As such the committee has given itself a four weeks window to decide whether to continue the games as planned or postpone it.

Meanwhile, President of the IOC Thomas Bach in a letter to potential athletes has insisted that cancellation of the event is not an option as they look to undertake some “scenario-planning”.

“Cancellation of the Olympic Games would destroy the Olympic dream of 11,000 athletes from all 206 National Olympic Committees, from the IOC Refugee Olympic Team, most likely for the Paralympic athletes, and for all the people who are supporting you as coaches, doctors, officials, training partners, friends and family.

“Cancellation would not solve any problem and would help nobody. Therefore it is not on our agenda.

Some federations, teams, and athletes expected to compete in Tokyo have been raised concerns after the outbreak of the pandemic, asking for a delay in holding the event.

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About Richard Korley

A sports writer/blogger, formerly a presenter with Volta Premier FM in Ho. A sports fan by default with numerous articles across various sporting disciplines in Ghana. You can reach me via Call/Whatsapp 0542 838 805 or email: Korley_nene@yahoo.com.

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