Ooof, I really hope the Olympics still go on, but it is a more fluid situation that is being monitored closely. I guess the thing to do is to prepare as if the Olympics are going ahead, but with extra precautions. It may affect the decisions of some players, but then again, bottom line is stepping up:IOC member casts doubt on postponing or moving Tokyo Games
A senior member of the International Olympic Committee said Tuesday that if it proves too dangerous to hold the Olympics in Tokyo this summer because of the coronavirus outbreak, organizers are more likely to cancel it altogether than to postpone or move it.
Dick Pound, a former Canadian swimming champion who has been on the IOC since 1978, making him its longest-serving member, estimated there is a three-month window ‚ÄĒ perhaps a two-month one ‚ÄĒ to decide the fate of the Tokyo Olympics, meaning a decision could be put off until late May.
‚ÄúIn and around that time, I‚Äôd say folks are going to have to ask: ‚ÄėIs this under sufficient control that we can be confident about going to Tokyo or not?‚Äô‚ÄĚ he said in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press.
As the games draw near, he said, ‚Äúa lot of things have to start happening. You‚Äôve got to start ramping up your security, your food, the Olympic Village, the hotels. The media folks will be in there building their studios....‚ÄĚ
Pound encouraged athletes to keep training. About 11,000 are expected for the Olympics, which open July 24, and 4,400 are bound for the Paralympics, which open Aug. 25.
‚ÄúAs far as we all know, you‚Äôre going to be in Tokyo,‚ÄĚ Pound said. ‚ÄúAll indications are at this stage that it will be business as usual. So keep focused on your sport and be sure that the IOC is not going to send you into a pandemic situation.‚ÄĚ
The modern Olympics, which date to 1896, have been canceled only during wartime. The Olympics in 1940 were supposed to be in Tokyo but were called off because of Japan‚Äôs war with China and World War II. The Rio Games in Brazil went on as scheduled in 2016 despite the outbreak of the Zika virus.
The article discusses the issues with logistics of moving or postponing the Olympics as well, so let's hope that there's enough containment to let the Games take place.