The organisers of the Tokyo Olympics have announced they are postponing the training of their volunteers in wake of the coronavirus outbreak. However, they have dismissed any notion of the games being postponed or cancelled altogether. Also Read - Actor Ruslaan Mumtaaz Recalls Horror Days When His Baby Was Born Amid COVID-19 Scare
“As part of efforts to prevent the spread of infection of the novel coronavirus, we have decided to postpone training scheduled from tomorrow (February 22),” the organisers said in a press release. “The organising committee continues to work closely with all related organizations to prepare for a safe and secure Tokyo 2020 Games. There are no considerations of canceling the Games, nor will the postponements of these activities have an impact on the overall Games preparation.” Also Read - Kevin Pietersen Cleaning Toilet to Sanjay Manjrekar Sweeping The Floor, Ex-Cricketers Reveal Their COVID-19 Lockdown
The volunteers will be informed of the rescheduled dates individually. Also Read - Odisha 1st State to Extend Lockdown. Will Other States Follow Suit?
As per various reports, over 600 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Japan which is the second most for a country apart from China. There have been suggestions that London could fill in as replacement if the need arises but Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koik had rejected the idea floated by a candidate in London’s mayoral election
“I think we are not yet reaching that point,” Koike said.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) has also said there is no need for a contingency plan in light of the virus outbreak. “I can confirm Tokyo 2020 remains on track,” top IOC official John Coates had said last week.
Meanwhile, the organisers of the Tokyo Marathon and Nagoya’s Women Marathon have barred the participation for general public from both the events.