Coronavirus Pandemic: IOC Set to Postpone Olympics 2020

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The International Olympic Committee are in talks with the Japanese government and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee to postpone this summer’s Games due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The IOC has been facing mounting pressure to delay the Olympics, which were originally scheduled to take place from July 24 to August 9, amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.

A statement on Tuesday morning from an IOC spokesperson said: “Today, the IOC is discussing with the Japanese government, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and the IOC Executive Board about the scenario planning including the postponement of the Games and will communicate in due course.”

Australia and Canada both announced they would not be sending athletes to Tokyo this year, and — along with the likes of USA, Germany and Poland — called for the Games to be postponed until 2021.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Dick Pound had said the organisation has already decided to postpone the showpiece event.
Pound said: “I see no other rational interpretation of the statements made by the IOC yesterday. If there was to be a cancellation, that would have been easy to announce; if carrying on with the original plan, there was no need for a communication. That leaves postponement.”
The financial implications of postponing the Olympics could be huge.
The cost of hosting, organizers said in December, was some 1.35 trillion yen ($12.35 billion) but, according to Reuters, that figure did not include the cost of moving the marathon and walking events from Tokyo to Sapporo to avoid the summer heat.
It is believed that the truer sum is likely to be $25 billion, a vast majority of which has already been spent on large-scale infrastructure projects such as transportation networks, hotels and new venues.


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