Tokyo Olympics 2020: Organising committee says not at stage of deciding Games postponement
IOC has said it does not intend to cancel Tokyo Olympics, set to begin on 24 July.
A senior official of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics organising committee said on Saturday it is not at the stage of deciding whether or not to postpone or cancel the event, Kyodo news agency reported.
The committee member was responding to a request from Norway’s Olympic committee not to host the event until the coronavirus spread is under control, it said.
“The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is the one making the final decision. We will firmly continue our efforts to host the event in July,” Toshiaki Endo, vice president of the committee, told Kyodo news.
Norway’s Olympic committee has become the latest nation to ask for the rescheduling of the Games, joining Colombia and Slovenia which made similar requests on Friday.
Sports leagues and Olympic trials around the world have been suspended, however the IOC has said it does not intend to cancel the Games, set to begin on 24 July.
Amid the concerns, an Olympic torch event drew hundreds of spectators as the flame arrived on Friday at a northern city in Japan.
The flame will travel round the Tohoku region hit by the earthquake and tsunami in 2011, in what organizers call a “recovery flame” tour before the official kick-off ceremony in Fukushima on 26 March.
Summer Olympics, a quadrennial event, is the grandest sporting spectacle in the world. It draws plenty in stadiums and on TV but still remains a massive loss-making venture for hosts.
Additional podium modules will be placed between gold and silver medallists and gold and bronze medallists to allow for social distancing.
The case was revealed after the first two athletes tested positive in the Olympic Village, a day after a member of their entourage was also infected, officials said on Sunday.