The International Olympic Committee encountered mounting dissent yesterday to rescheduling for the Olympic Games 2020 as players and teams called to change the current schedule due to the coronavirus pandemic.
IOC President Thomas Bach, who has insisted the Games will go ahead as planned, said any decision to change an Olympic Games was not a simple matter like rescheduling a football match and would need careful planning and information.
“The Olympic Games cannot be moved like a football game next Saturday,” he told Germany’s SWR broadcaster. “It is a complex undertaking and you can only act responsibly when you have a clear decision-making foundation.”
He also ruled out canceling the 24 July-9 August Games.
“A cancellation of the Games would be the least fair solution. A cancellation would destroy the Olympic dream of 11,000 athletes of 206 Olympic committees.”
Sources told Reuters on Sunday, however, that Tokyo Games organizers had started drafting possible alternatives to holding the Olympics this summer.
“Finally, we have been asked to make a simulation in case of a postponement,” a source close to the organizing committee who is involved in drafting the scenarios said.
“We are making alternative plans — plan B, C, D — looking at different postponement time-frames,” said the official, adding the scenarios included cost estimates for different delays.
Other sources within the Olympic movement said the IOC was likely to hold an unscheduled executive board meeting as early as next week.
One source told Reuters the meeting could be “very, very early next week.” The IOC did not comment.
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