On Tuesday, March 17, the IOC held an emergency meeting to discuss whether or not to maintain the 2020 Olympic Games in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The IOC will hold an emergency meeting today, March 17 at its headquarters in Lausanne (Switzerland) to decide whether or not to maintain the deployment of the 2020 Olympic Games, amid the COVID-19 hurricane center. But in a speech ahead of the meeting, John Coates, president of the coordinating organization of the Tokyo 2020 organization, said that there would be no deadline for canceling or not canceling the Olympic Games in Japan so everything was proceeding normally.
Before leaving from Switzerland back to Australia – where a two-week quarantine is definitely needed, John Coates also said the opinion of Dick Pound – a veteran member of the IOC executive committee – about whether to cancel. Tokyo 2020 in May or not is just a personal opinion, not an attitude of the IOC.
Now the president of the Australian Olympic Committee, John Coates, declared: “The IOC does not record any date that Dick mentioned and I think Dick has given up this thought.
Earlier, both Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and IOC president Thomas Bach confirmed that the Olympics were still being prepared as planned. The main problem at the Swiss emergency meeting was just to consider the progress of the qualifier as well as how the athletes brought to Japan to avoid spreading COVID-19.
“The difficulty for athletes who qualify or are about to qualify is that they won’t have any more international competitions to rub against”, admitted John Coates.
The Chinese players are scattered all over Europe and the latest information I heard is that they will gather to a university in Paris, which can hold all 600 members. From here, they will go straight to Japan. They won’t let anyone stick COVID-19 on the plane.”