After several weeks of speculation and denying to think of an alternative, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has finally agreed to take a final call on the future of Tokyo Olympics 2020 amidst the Coronavirus pandemic which has swept the whole world. IOC president Thomas Bach on Sunday said that postponement is an option for the Tokyo Games but also gave assurance that the event will not be cancelled. Also Read - China Observes National Day of Mourning For COVID-19 Victims
The change in stance followed IOC president Bach leading a conference call with executive board members. After the meeting, the world body (IOC) added that a decision on the potential scenarios for the Tokyo Games – ‘including the scenario of postponement’ – would be made inside four weeks. Also Read - Lilly Singh's Bold Picture With Bolder Admission is a Necessary Check to Draw Saturday Inspiration
“The IOC executive board emphasised that a cancellation of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 would not solve any of the problems or help anybody,” Bach was quoted by AFP. Also Read - Shah Rukh Khan And Gauri Convert 4-Storey Office Into Quarantine Ward For Coronavirus + People
“Therefore, cancellation is not on the agenda.”
The IOC also iterated on the fact that consultation talks will be held with Japanese public authorities and global sports officials while dealing with the current scenario. The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to be held from July 24-Aug 9.
“These scenarios relate to modifying existing operational plans for the Games to go ahead on July 24, 2020, and also for changes to the start date of the Games.” the Olympic body said in a statement.
Earlier, Bach has consistently said organizers are fully committed to opening the games on July 24 — despite athlete training, qualifying events and games preparations being disrupted by the virus outbreak causing the COVID-19 disease.
Meanwhile in the last few days, IOC has faced strong pressure to postpone the Tokyo Olympics dates as various sporting federations and hundreds of athletes express worry about the health risk as the COVID-19 death tally continues to rise.