An athlete holds the Olympic torch throughout the olympic flame handover ceremony for the 2020 Tokyo Summer season Olympics, on March 19, 2020 in Athens. ARIS MESSINIS / AFP / POOL
World athletics chief Sebastian Coe admitted on Thursday that the Tokyo Olympics may very well be moved to later within the yr by the coronavirus outbreak, however stated it was too early to make a definitive determination.
Olympic bosses acknowledged on Wednesday there was no “ideal” answer as a rising variety of athletes expressed concern.
The COVID-19 pandemic is enjoying havoc with the worldwide sporting calendar, forcing the postponement of Euro 2020 and a suspension of the tennis season.
Worldwide Olympic Committee chairman Thomas Bach stated earlier this week that beginning on schedule on July 24 remained the organisation’s purpose.
However Coe, who’s a member of the Tokyo Olympics Video games Coordination Fee, conceded in an interview with the BBC delay was doable.
“That is possible, anything is possible at the moment,” stated Coe when requested whether or not the Video games may very well be postponed to September or October.
“However I feel the place that sport has definitely taken, and it was definitely the temperature of the room within the dialog I had the opposite day with the IOC and our different federations, is that no person is saying we shall be going to the Video games come what could.
“Nevertheless it isn’t a choice that needs to be made at this second.”
Coe, who performed a pivotal position in securing the Olympics for London in 2012, stated suspending the Video games till 2021 may current issues.
“That seems on the surface of it an easy proposition, but member federations actually avoid Olympic years often to have their world championships,” he stated.
Britain’s retired four-time rowing Olympic gold medallist Matthew Pinsent referred to as for decisive motion.
“On a global front we have other priorities and I think the Olympics should at the very least be saying we should postpone or indeed just cancel at this stage and we’ll talk about postponement later on,” he instructed the BBC.
“I just don’t think there’s much of a choice at this stage.”