Fears over the coronavirus could cause the cancellation of the 2020 Summer Games, says one International Olympic Committee member.
Speaking to the Associated Press, Dick Pound admits that moving out of Tokyo or postponing isn’t likely and that calling it off is probably the best course of action if the outbreak isn’t controlled.
Fortunately, Pound reveals, “All indications are at this stage that it will be business as usual,” telling the athletes, “So keep focused on your sport and be sure that the IOC is not going to send you into a pandemic situation.”
The Zika virus also had organizers preparing for a cancellation, but they decided to go forward in 2016. The only times the Olympics were called off was during the World Wars.
Do you think the coronavirus is a good enough reason to call off the games?