IOC to hold talks with sport chiefs
THE IOC will hold talks with heads of international sports organisations today in response to the coronavirus outbreak, a source close to an international federation briefed on the issue said.
The IOC will also hold an unscheduled executive board meeting via teleconferencing today to internally discuss the latest developments, another source said.
A source within the Olympic movement told Reuters no decision was expected today by the executive board.
With less than five months to go until the scheduled start of the Tokyo Olympics on July 24, questions have been raised as to whether the Games can go ahead. The virus, which originated in China late last year, has killed more than 6 000 people around the world and infected more than 160 000.
It has wreaked havoc on the global sporting calendar, leading to some Olympic qualification events being cancelled or postponed and concern has been rising about whether the entire Games should be scrapped or postponed. However, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe and Tokyo 2020 organisers have reiterated that preparations are going on for the Games to be held as planned.
Abe told parliament yesterday he wanted the Tokyo Games to represent a world’s victory over the coronavirus pandemic, Kyodo newswire reported.