GREATER THAN CORONA: Official says virus won’t derail staging of Olympics

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) remained steadfast that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad will go ahead as planned despite the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Christopher Samuda, president of the Jamaica Olympic Association.

The position was affirmed Tuesday afternoon (March 17) during a teleconference meeting with the organisers of the games and the international sports federations.

Christopher Samuda, president of the Jamaica Olympic Association told BUZZ following the teleconference that IOC president Thomas Bach of Germany, is fully committed to the ‘Greatest Show on Earth’ going ahead.

“He [Bach] indicated that the games will go on as it seems that the virus will be controlled,” said Samuda. “The meeting went pretty well and the IOC has indicated plans still in train for the Olympics but they will be monitoring the situation.”

Samuda added: “We [IOC] are fully committed to the Games and no need for drastic action.”

 Jamaica is on high alert and is keenly watching the development as the country ponders whether to send its athletes to the games. “Our [Jamaica] position is athletes must continue to prepare,” said Samuda.