The Summer Olympics are scheduled to take place in Tokyo (Japan) from July 24th to August 9th. Over 10 athletes are expected at the games. Another 000 athletes are expected to start at the Paralympics, which begin on August 4. More and more voices are heard that the Olympic Games could be canceled.
The Corona Virus is currently putting Europe on alert. Over 200 infected and several dead are recorded. In Italy, which has the highest number of cases, football games took place without spectators. It is unclear whether the European Football Championships can be held or not. Uefa Vice President Michele Uva told Rai: "We are waiting".
In Japan itself, where in August the Olympic Games will take place, there are no more soccer games the Tokyo Marathon will be reduced from 40'000 to 200 participants.
Climbing competitions already canceled
What do the organizers say? It has long been appeased in Olympic circles. But now the organizer is experiencing uncertainty.
"We are very concerned that the spread of the virus could act like a cold shower on the games."Managing director Toshiro Muto
The director of the Infectious Diseases Department at Japan's National Health Center says: “We are at a crossroads to contain the Coronavirus, If the number of infected people in the country does not decrease in the next three weeks, you should really think about whether the Olympic Games will be held or not. It's a big decision. ”Toshiro Muto says it's important to stay objective and keep a cool head.
A cancellation of the Summer Olympics is no option
The President of the Olympic Organizing Committee nevertheless announced that a cancellation or postponement was not an issue. There is nothing more to be heard from the IOC. A lot of money is at stake for the organizers. Very much. We're talking about $ 26 billion, not to mention the intangible value of an Olympia, to present yourself as a nation to a global audience.
UPDATE: Official press release from the International Olympic Committee
After the editorial deadline, the International Olympic Committee published a press release on the corona virus. In the press release, the IOC communicates that it will continue to successfully implement the 2020 Summer Games.
"The IOC continues to follow the recommendations of the World Health Organization."IOC