'Tokyo Olympics will not get canceled amid coronavirus outbreak,' says TOC chief Yoshiro Mori
Tokyo (Japan) | Jagran Sports Desk: The Tokyo Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori on Monday said that the "Games will not be canceled" in wake of the deadly coronavirus that has affected more than 3,50,000 and has claimed that lived of over 13,000 around the world.
"I am not so stupid as to assume athletes, people will come to Olympics amid global coronavirus crisis even if we push forward with it," Mori said, as quoted by news agnecy Reuters.
Japanese Olympics Minister Seiko Hashimoto said on Monday she was relived that the International Olympic Committee had ruled out a cancellation of the Tokyo Games, adding that Japan would follow the committee’s decision on how to proceed.
She was speaking to reporters after the IOC decided at an emergency meeting on Sunday to step up its “scenario planning” for the Games, including a possible postponement.
“In all honesty, I’m glad to hear that cancelling the Olympics doesn’t seem to be an option,” said Hashimoto, a former Olympian.
Preparations for the Olympics will go forward as planned for now, but the government will support whatever decision is made, she said.
(With Reuters inputs)
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