There is no threat to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee has said. However, the organization said it had to carry out "a lot of communication work" on the Coronavirus epidemic that is currently raging in China.
While reaffirming that there is no threat to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, the IOC admitted on Friday that it should lead
a big job of communication as the Games approach to provide information about the coronavirus epidemic that has already claimed the lives of nearly 1,400 people, most of them in China.
Japan, second most affected country after China
The first death of an infected person was announced Thursday by Japanese authorities, an 80-year-old woman in a region near Tokyo. With 33 cases in the country and more than 200 people in quarantine on a boat off Yokohama, Japan is the most affected country after China.
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The advice we have received from the World Health Organization (WHO) is that there is no reason to have an emergency plan for the cancellation or rescheduling of the Games, first reassured John Coates, President of the IOC Coordination Committee.
"There is certainly a lot of communication work to be undertaken," conceded the Olympic leader, notably in the face of a possible fear among the athletes to face an opponent from China, a country which should send more than 600 sportsmen to Tokyo. The IOC will send information kits to all national Olympic committees to explain what is going on where Chinese athletes are competing, "said the Australian leader.
Coates also said lessons from the Rio Games have been learned. Four years ago, concern over the Zika virus had resulted in the packages of several athletes, including golfers Jason Day and Rory McIlroy.
No postponement or cancellation of the Olympic Games in sight
On Thursday, the chairman of the Tokyo Games organizing committee, Yoshiro Mori castigated
irresponsible rumors, hammering that he was not planning to
postpone or cancel the Games because of the coronavirus epidemic.
We would like to coordinate with the national government and act calmlyhe said.
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During the same meeting with IOC members, the governor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike, promised to implement
rigorous measures to protect people from the new coronavirus, now called Covid-19, in the run-up to the Olympics.
The epidemic has already forced the postponement of a series of sporting events in China, including Olympic qualifying competitions.
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