The 2020 Summer Olympics haven’t been cancelled or postponed, Japan Olympic minister insists.
Although people are beginning to reconsider attending the event, Japan’s Olympic minister Seiko Hashimoto, who said March 13 that “The IOC and the organizing committee are not considering cancellation or a postponement – absolutely not at all.”
The Olympics are set to start July 24 in Tokyo. Yesterday, French Olympic Committee president Denis Masseglia told Reuters that if the COVID-19 coronavirus isn’t contained by the end of May, he couldn’t see how the Olympics could happen on time.
The IOC reinforced its commitment to starting the Olympics on time in a statement Tuesday, but hedged Hashimoto’s statement by saying there is “no need for any drastic decisions at this stage.”
“Any speculation at this moment would be counter-productive,” the IOC said in a statement. “The IOC encourages all athletes to continue to prepare for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 as best they can….The situation around the COVID-19 virus is also impacting the preparations for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, and is changing day by day.”