Tokyo Olympics could be cancelled due to coronavirus

The word coming from a very influential figure is that the Olympic Games could be cancelled depending on the situation with the Coronavirus.

Persons might think that a postponement is a viable option but according to Dick Pound, a senior member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), organizers are more likely to cancel the much-anticipated games rather than postpone or move it.

The Olympics is scheduled to be held in Tokyo from July to August and will see over 11,000 athletes competing for the ultimate glory in a variety of sporting disciplines.

However, Pound noted that based on developments it may prove very difficult to postpone such an event or move it. Based on other events already planned and media obligations it may be troublesome to change the date of the event.

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In terms of a move, Japan is said to have already spent over 12 billion dollars and Mr Pound highlighted that it would be very difficult for another city to host an event of this magnitude in such a short space of time.

However, Mr Pound remarked that they are still watching and a decision will be made based on advice that they receive from the World Health Organization (WHO). He, however, encourages athletes to keep on doing their preparations for the event.

Since the rise of the Coronavirus, over 2,700 persons have died and hundreds of others infected. It has also claimed one major scalp as the World Indoor Championships that was to be held in Nanjing has been postponed

If the Olympics were to be cancelled it would be the second time that Japan has missed out on hosting the showpiece event after the challenges associated with World War II in 1940.