The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has said the preparations for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics 2020 are going on as planned with preventive measures against novel coronavirus to ensure a safe and secure Games. Also Read - Sebastian Coe Says Postponing Olympics Saves Athletes From Mental Turmoil
In an e-mail reply to Xinhua agency, if the Olympics will take place as planned in view of Covid-19 outbreak, the IOC said: “The preparations for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 continue as planned. Countermeasures against infectious diseases constitute an important part of Tokyo 2020’s plans to host a safe and secure Games.” Also Read - Tokyo Olympics Likely to Start From July 23, 2021: Report
“Tokyo 2020 will continue to collaborate with all relevant organisations which carefully monitor any incidence of infectious diseases and will review any countermeasures that may be necessary with all relevant organisations,” added the IOC. Also Read - IOA Assures Full Support as India Battle COVID-19 Pandemic, Stresses on Need of Self-Isolation
The e-mail follows former IOC vice-president Dick Pound’s assertion in an interview with Associated Press that the organizers are facing a three-month window to decide the fate of the Games, and speculation of a possible cancellation should the virus continue to spread.
“Dick Pound explains very well that the IOC continues to work towards a successful 2020 Olympic Games beginning at the end of July. The IOC has just reiterated that preparations for the Tokyo Olympic Games continue as planned,” the spokesperson was quoted by Xinhua news.
The IOC is also coordinating with the World Health Organisation (WHO) as measures to address the situation.
“In addition, the IOC is in contact with the WHO as well as its own medical experts. We have full confidence that the relevant authorities, in particular in Japan and China, will take all necessary measures to address the situation,” reads the IOC statement.
The opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics will take place on July 24 and the Games will conclude on August 9.
Coronavirus has infected more than 80,000 people in 37 countries, causing more than 2,600 deaths in the past a few months.
Wuhan city in China has been reported as the epicentre of novel coronavirus outbreak. The virus was first detected in Hubei, China and has now spread to many parts of the globe.
(With IANS Inputs)