IOC to hold talks with sport chiefs

Pretoria News - - SPORT -

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.

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