IOC considering postponing 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics
Updated: 2020-03-23 10:11:13 KST
With the start of the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics just over four months away, the International Olympic Committee is under enormous pressure to decide what option to take as the world struggles to cope with the COVID-19 outbreak.
On Sunday,.. the IOC held an emergency meeting to step up its "scenario planning" for the Tokyo Olympics.
According to the IOC, the most likely scenario would be to change the July 24th start date, but emphasized that a full cancellation would "not solve any of the problems".
The IOC says that, in full coordination with the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, Japanese authorities and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, it will assess the worldwide health situation and its impact on the Games, and announce its decision in the next four weeks.
The statement is the first on record from the IOC that the Olympics could be postponed, despite weeks of assurances that the Games would go forward as planned.
Officials are also considering other options, which include scaling back the Games, or even holding them behind closed doors.
Those options will be debated by the organizing committee at the end of the month.
The IOC is facing increasing opposition to the current schedule for the Olympics, as athletes, teams and federations continue to call for a postponement in light of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.