Coronavirus Could Postpone 2020 Olympic Games

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Wed, 04 Mar 2020 - 02:07 GMT

ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA / REUTERS

ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA / REUTERS

Seiko Hashimoto, the Japanese Olympics Minister, doesn’t rule out the possibility of postponing the 2020 Olympic games due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Hashimoto stated that the Olympic Games could be held “within” 2020 hinting on a possible postponement when asked in the Japanese parliament.

“Tokyo's contract with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) "calls for the Games to be held within 2020," Hashimoto revealed, reporting from the BBC.

Additionally, she added that such a statement could be interpreted as allowing for the postponement of the Olympic Games only if it will be held at a later time of the year.

“At this moment, the Tokyo 2020 committee, the IOC and Tokyo (city government) are doing their best to make sure the Games will be held from July 24. The government will fully support that,” Hashimoto said, according to Kingfut.

The Olympic Games are currently set to be held from the 24th of July to the 9th August with the Egyptian Olympic Football team set to participate again ever since their last appearance in London 2012.

Several countries decided to suspend their sports competitions due to coronavirus [COVID-19] being widespread among 81 countries.

Ever since the outbreak of the disease in Wuhan, China on December 1st 2019 around 93,000 people were infected and 3,200 people died because of the disease.

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