Coronavirus: Tokyo 2020 Olympic preparations on schedule despite outbreak, says Japanese government
Preparations for the Tokyo Olympics are progressing as scheduled regardless of worries on the spread of the coronavirus, a spokesperson for the government has stated.
Former International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice-president Dick Pound said before this week the speed at which the virus, also known as Covid-19, is dispersing could force the cancellation of the 2020 Olympics.
However Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga has worried that Mr Pound does not speak for the IOC and also there are no plans postpone or to either cancel these games.
“With regard to this member’s comment, the IOC has responded that this is not their official place, which (the) IOC is moving with preparations toward the games as scheduled,” Mr Suga stated.
On Monday, Mr Pound said organisers needed a three-month window.
“In and about that time,” he said. “I would say folks will need to ask:’Can this beneath adequate control that we are able to be confident about moving to Tokyo or maybe not?”‘
Mr Pound, who represented Canada in swimming in the 1960 Rome Olympics, also said that if Tokyo cannot host the games,”you’re likely looking in a resale”.
Western Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has urged organisers of large sports and cultural events postpone to suspend or reduce presence for the next two weeks.
“Considering that there is a sizable risk of disease for nationally sports and cultural events by which a large number of men and women gather, we’ll request measures such as suspension, postponement, and reduction in size for the subsequent two months,” he said.
“For now, foreigners who have history of being in Daegu and Cheongdo-gun over 14 days prior to the program for immigration will be denied entry under the Immigration Control Act unless otherwise specified.”