Corona virus cases are increasing with each passing day. As it is spreading worldwide, chances of hosting Olympic games on time are getting bleak. All the sports events are cancelled and clubs/bodies are already suffering huge loss. IOC have come under increasing criticism in recent days from athletes and national Olympic leaders begging for clarity.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach said the organisation was “considering different scenarios” for the Tokyo Games, but was optimistic about holding the event as scheduled despite the coronavirus pandemic.
The IOC will act on advice from its own task force and the World Health Organization, Bach told the New York Times, adding that it was “premature” to make a decision on delaying the Olympic Games. “Of course we are considering different scenarios, but we are contrary to many other sports organisations or professional leagues in that we are four-and-a-half months away from the Games,” Bach said.
“For us, (postponement) would not be responsible now and it would be premature to start speculation or make a decision at a time when we do not have any recommendation from the task force,” he added.
As Olympic is just four months away, training is becoming increasingly difficult, if not impossible as all athletic facilities and public gyms have closed. Athletes also have expressed concern that, with as easily as COVID-19 spreads, they are putting themselves, and the general public at risk, if they continue trying to train.