Olympic 2020 Games Must Go On
|Source: Tokyo 2020 Olympics|
The International Olympic Committee just announced that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will not be cancelled. The IOC just concluded an emergency meeting on Sunday. This as global coronavirus cases have catapulted past 300,000 and the death toll in Italy alone jumped 800 in the past day. While there will be no cancellation, the IOC is stepping up their "scenario planning" for the Games and a postponement is officially on the table.
Delaying the Games
The Games are set to start July 24, 2020. The IOC will hold detailed discussions to possibly push back the kick-off date. They added cancellation wouldn't help anyone or solve any problems. So cancellation is not on their agenda.
Mounting Pressure on the IOC
Growing numbers of global athletes, teams and federations are calling for a delay in the Olympics as the pandemic spreads in virtually every corner of the world. The IOC is facing mounting pressure to delay the Games for the sake of global health and the prevention of the further spread of the highly contagious disease. In many places around the world, professional sports have been put on hold indefinitely, including in the US, where the NBA and Major League Baseball are out of action to protect the players and their fans.