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Tokyo Olympic 2020 will go ahead as planned, Says IOC

Amid the Coronavirus scare that have brewed rumours of postponement or relocation of the Tokyo Olympics 2020, the International Olympic Committee spokesperson Mark Adams have said that the Tokyo 2020 will go ahead as scheduled from July 24 till August 9 and that relocation of the Olympic venue is not an option.

IOC’s Thomas Adams further said that as there is currently no international travel ban nor a pandemic has been announced, the games is scheduled as planned.

Japan government have also said that it will focus on delivering the Olympics as scheduled but may take a decision on rescheduling , if at all, in May 2020.

The IOC President Thomas Bach also have said that “final decisions” about the Tokyo Olympic 2020 will be taken during the IOC session in June.

Meanwhile, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus have said that he have called IOC (International Olympic Committee) and talked about the effects of Coronavirus on the sporting event. He added that Japan is taking all possible measures to avoid infection and the spread of virus.

A total of over 3.67 USD has been set aside for funding the Olympics by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Tokyo Olympics 2020 is also set to witness novel competitions such as freestyle BMX, Madision cycling, 3*3 basketball, karate, sports climbing, surfing and skateboarding.

It was during the 125th IOC Session in 2013 at Argentina that Tokyo was selected as the venue of the 2020 Summer Olympics. This will be the second time that Japan and particularly Tokyo will host the Summer Olympics. The first time Olympics was hosted in Tokyo was in 1964. Japan has also hosted two Winter Olympics in 1972 and in 1998 so far.