Coronavirus Pandemic: Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has decided to wait for at least a month before any decision on Olympic participation after Canada’s pullout due to COVID-19 pandemic. Also Read - Reuters Gets Its First Woman Editor-in-chief, in 170-Year History
IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta, while talking to PTI, said the body is closely monitoring the fast-evolving situation triggered by the global COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed more than 14,000 and infected over 300,000. Also Read - Anupama, Pandya Store, Imlie And Other Top Shows to be Shot in Goa, Hyderabad, Bikaner Amid Janta Curfew in Mumbai
“We will wait and watch for 4 to 5 weeks and then come to any decision after consultation with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the sports ministry,” Mehta said. “The situation is not that bad in our country as compared to other nations,” he added. Also Read - Infosys Buyback: India IT Major Approves Share Buyback Worth Rs 9,200 Crore; All You Need To Know
The July-August Olympics are looking increasingly uncertain of going ahead as scheduled and the IOC had admitted that it would consider all options, including postponement, in four weeks from now.
This morning, The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC), backed by their Athletes’ Commissions, National Sports Organizations and the Government of Canada, to not send Canadian teams to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in the summer of 2020.
In a press release, The COC and CPC urgently called on the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to postpone the Games for one year. The COC and CPC offered them their full support in helping navigate all the complexities that rescheduling the Games will bring. “While recognize the inherent complexities around a postponement, nothing is more important than the health and safety of our athletes and the world community,” the release stated.
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said a postponement of the Tokyo Olympics would be inevitable if the games cannot be held in a complete way.
According to report in channelnewsasia.com, Abe told parliament that Japan was still committed to a “complete” Games, but added: “If that becomes difficult, in light of considering athletes first, it may become inevitable that we make a decision to postpone.”
He was commenting on the International Olympic Committee plan to examine the situation over the next few weeks and make a decision, which could include a postponement. Whether Tokyo can hold the Olympics as planned from July 24 has been a major international concern as the COVID-19 pandemic has spread globally.