Tokyo Olympic Games could be cancelled if coronavirus not controlled: IOC member

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New Delhi: The 2020 Tokyo Olympics are more likely to be cancelled than moved or rescheduled if by late May the coronavirus outbreak is deemed too dangerous to go ahead with the original schedule.

A senior member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said outright cancellation of the Games, rather than postponement or relocation, would be likely if the disease proved too dangerous for the event – which is scheduled to start on 24 July – to go ahead.

Dick Pound, a former Canadian swimming champion who has been on the IOC since 1978, estimated there is a three-month window – perhaps a two-month one – to decide the fate of the Tokyo Games, meaning a decision could be put off until late May.

A number of sporting events have already been impacted by the coronavirus outbreak, which has infected more than 80,000 people around the world.

The 2020 Formula One Chinese Grand Prix has been postponed from its original date of April 17 to 19 at the Shanghai International Circuit.

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