Coronavirus crisis: Norway calls for postponing 2020 Olympics in Tokyo

Tokyo bracing for possible postponement of Summer Games : The Asahi Shimbun

Calls For Postponing Tokyo Olympics Growing, But Organizers Remain Firm That Games Will Happen

More than 13,000 people have died globally since the coronavirus outbreak and its epicentre is now in Europe.

"We will now work with our partners at HPSNZ, National Sporting Organisations and our Athletes' Commission to listen to feedback and adjust our planning to ensure our athletes are both supported and ready to perform to their best at the Tokyo Olympic Games".

He later said the International Olympic Committee is considering "different scenarios", adding that the Olympics are still four months away.

At this point, many worldwide federations and national Olympic committees are continuing to support a wait-and-see approach for this summer.

The IOC's change in strategy followed committee president Thomas Bach's conference call with executive board members.

"Japan has invested a lot of resources into the Olympics and they are adamant that the Games should go ahead, but that defies common sense and we can not support it because human lives come first", Serbian Olympic Committee president Vanja Udovicic said.

The Olympics has never been postponed or cancelled during peacetime.

Japan is weighing up the cost of delaying the Olympics.

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USA Swimming is hugely influential body as swimming ranks as the most popular event along with track and field in Olympic sports for US spectators.

USA Swimming wrote to USOPC on Friday calling for a delay of one year, CEO Tim Hinchey saying: "we have watched our athletes' worlds be turned upside down".

"The right and responsible thing to do is to prioritise everyone's health and safety and appropriately recognise the toll this hard situation has, and continues to take, on our athletes and their Olympic Games preparations".

Postponing the Summer Games would be doable but extremely complex.

"For us, (postponement) would not be responsible now".

There's little doubt the virus panic is causing disruption to all walks of life, but sportspeople are particularly affected in their preparation.

Nic Coward, head of UK Athletics, filed a similar request as well, according to BBC Sport.

It is a week after the US Open. "Now they can't. They are closing".

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However, sports organizations in Japan indicated they would tolerate a postponement if the virus made it impossible for the Tokyo Games to take place as scheduled.

I've got no doubt, absolutely no doubt, that Tokyo will host an unbelievable Olympics.

The IOC and Tokyo 2020 organisers still insist the July 24-August 9 showpiece will go ahead as planned despite Europe and the U.S. struggling to control the spread of the virus.

Any postponement of the Summer Games would impact the Tokyo Paralympics scheduled for August 25-Sept. 6.

"There is a global health crisis. We need a national position of solidarity", he said. "Every day athletes can not train, workout, it's a day they can not prepare".

The IOC will explore various options about the games depending on different circumstances and aim to make a conclusion within a timeframe of around one month, the sources said.

"The health of all Australians is the most important thing and there's nothing more important than that".

The group also called on broadcasters, specifically NBC, and sponsors "to adopt the same level of duty of care toward athletes by supporting the IOC and (International Paralympic Committee) with flexibility and understanding during these uncharted times".

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