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Coronavirus: IOC insists 'no need for any drastic decisions at this stage'

  • The Tokyo Olympics will go ahead as planned, according to the International Olympic Committee.
Modified 17 Mar 2020, 20:36 IST
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The International Olympic Committee remains adamant the Tokyo Games will go ahead as planned in July and disregarded the need for "any drastic decisions at this stage".

The coronavirus pandemic has prompted a swathe of sporting postponements and cancellations across the world with UEFA on Tuesday opting to delay the staging of Euro 2020 until next year.

But, while the IOC admitted the situation was changing "day by day", it dismissed the need for action at this stage.

A press release read: "This is an unprecedented situation for the whole world, and our thoughts are with all those affected by this crisis. We are in solidarity with the whole of society to do everything to contain the virus.

"The situation around the COVID-19 virus is also impacting the preparations for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, and is changing day by day.

"The IOC remains fully committed to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, and with more than four months to go before the Games there is no need for any drastic decisions at this stage; and any speculation at this moment would be counter-productive.

"The IOC encourages all athletes to continue to prepare for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 as best they can. We will keep supporting the athletes by consulting with them and their respective National Olympic Committees [NOCs], and by providing them with the latest information and developments.

"The IOC has confidence that the many measures being taken by many authorities around the world will help contain the situation of the COVID-19 virus.

"In this context, the IOC welcomes the support of the G7 leaders as expressed by Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo, who said: 'I want to hold the Olympics and Paralympics perfectly, as proof that the human race will conquer the new coronavirus, and I gained support for that from the G-7 leaders.'"



Published 17 Mar 2020, 20:36 IST
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