2020 Tokyo Olympics Likely to Be Postponed Amid Growing Concern over Coronavirus Pandemic
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics joins the list of many international gaming events that have taken a hit due to the coronavirus pandemic. In light of the current situation, it has been reported that the international multi-sport event is going to be canceled this year.
The world continues to suffer the aftermath of the global COVID-19 outbreak. Industries, corporations, educational institutes, share markets, travel industry, and many other service sectors have been severely affected by it.
Many countries are in a lockdown at the moment and people around the world are mostly staying home to avoid contracting or spreading the coronavirus.
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics Logo. | Source: Wikimedia Commons
POSTPONEMENT ON THE WAY
Since the virus spreads by social contact with affected people, many major events like the NBA and The Kentucky Derby have been postponed until further notice.
Cancellation of the Tokyo 2020 Games is not on the agenda.
A Diplomatic Security Service special agent leads a Japanese delegation on a tour of the Videna Multi-Sport complex, Lima, Peru, August 2019. | Source: Wikimedia Commons
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which was all set to begin in Japan from July this year, is also likely to be postponed. According to a press release, a number of athletes have stated that they are unable to continue their training in this chaotic period.
According to "USA TODAY," Dick Pound, the Veteran International Olympic Committee member, shared in a phone interview that the sporting event is going to be postponed.
A file photo of Dick Pound, member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) since 1978 circa 2010. | Source: Wikimedia Commons
A HUGE BLOW
Pound further shared that no solid guidelines on how to move forward have been set yet, but the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will definitely not start on July 24.
"It will come in stages. We will postpone this and begin to deal with all the ramifications of moving this, which are immense."
The IOC and the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee haven't made an official announcement at the time of this writing. Tokyo's national stadium was all set to host 10,000 athletes who were scheduled to march during the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics.
Previously, Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe shared that postponing the event might be the only option left during this time of turmoil.
Japan has already invested nearly $12.6 billion for the sporting event and will take a huge financial blow due to the postponement.
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