THE International Olympic Committee has confirmed it will be stepping up its “scenario planning” with a postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics now looking more and more likely.
The IOC held an emergency meeting overnight, where they confirmed they will hold detailed discussions over the coming weeks.
“These scenarios relate to modifying existing operational plans for the Games to go ahead on 24 July 2020, and also for changes to the start date of the Games. This step will allow better visibility of the rapidly changing development of the health situation around the world and in Japan. It will serve as the basis for the best decision in the interest of the athletes and everyone else involved,” the IOC said in a stament.
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“A number of critical venues needed for the Games could potentially not be available anymore. The situations with millions of nights already booked in hotels is extremely difficult to handle, and the international sports calendar for at least 33 Olympic sports would have to be adapted. These are just a few of many, many more challenges.
“The IOC will, in full coordination and partnership with the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the Japanese authorities and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, start detailed discussions to complete its assessment of the rapid development of the worldwide health situation and its impact on the Olympic Games, including the scenario of postponement.
“The IOC is confident that it will have finalised these discussions within the next four weeks.
“The IOC EB emphasised that a cancellation of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 would not solve any of the problems or help anybody. Therefore, cancellation is not on the agenda.”
It comes after Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Sunday Australia’s indefinite travel ban applies to Olympic athletes.
“The simple answer is that we have a complete travel ban to the rest of the world, so the Smartraveller advice and the advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade I think is pretty clear there,” he told the Seven Network.
“The health of all Australians is the most important thing and there’s nothing more important than that.”