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Coronavirus must hit peak by end of May for Tokyo Games to go ahead: French Olympic Committee chief

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By Julien Pretot

The coronavirus pandemic must have reached its peak and be on the wane by the end of May otherwise the Tokyo Olympics cannot be staged on schedule, the head of the French Olympic Committee (CNOSF) said on Monday.

"My feeling is that if we're still in the crisis by the end of May I can't see how the Games can happen (on time)," Denis Masseglia told Reuters in a telephone interview.

"If we are beyond the peak and the situation is getting better questions will arise about who qualifies, but we will find the least worst solution."

Masseglia, who is back in France after a work trip to Japan, said the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will hold a conference call with National Olympic Committees on Wednesday.

"I trust the IOC and I'm waiting for more information although I'm not sure we'll get a lot more on Wednesday," he said.

The conference call will be preceded by talks between the IOC and the international sports federations on Tuesday.

The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled for July 24-Aug 9 with the Paralympic Games due to be held from Aug 25-Sept 6.

Last Thursday, Shigeru Ishiba, a ruling party heavyweight and a leading candidate to be Japan's next prime minister, said the country must brainstorm plans for dealing with a cancelled or postponed Tokyo Olympic Games, even if that was unlikely.

PREPARATIONS HIT

The coronavirus pandemic has infected almost 180,000 people and killed over 7,000 worldwide, with the epicenter having switched from China to Europe.

Sports competitions have come to a halt in Europe as part of a global effort to contain the spread of the virus, hampering the preparations of athletes for the Olympics.

"At some points we're going to have to tell them (athletes) something (about the Games)," Masseglia said.

Masseglia, who has been head of the French Olympic Committee since 2009, said however that Japan had been tackling the spread of the virus perfectly.

"A week ago, I couldn't even imagine the situation we're in today (in Europe). When I came back on Saturday morning (from Japan) I came back confident, optimistic, telling myself the Japanese had handled the problem a little differently," he said.

"They are in extreme precaution, there are water-based gels everywhere. Everybody wears a mask, they work almost normally."

Japan has had 895 cases of coronavirus, while the total in Italy, Europe's worst-hit country, had reached 27,980 on Monday.

"If we are out of the crisis in a couple of months everybody will want to get back to normal, it will speed things up and we will be able to imagine something," said Masseglia.

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Coronavirus must hit peak by end of May for Tokyo Games to go ahead: French Olympic Committee chief

Right. Someone please go convey that message to the virus please. Tell it to hurry up and peak so we can all get on with the olympics- because nothing else in the world matters

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Coronavirus must hit peak by end of May for Tokyo Games to go ahead

So....The IOC, and presumably the guvmint of Shinzo Abe and other sporting nations around the world, are all looking for a quick peak so's we can get this pandemic thing outta the way and get on with the party.

Makes sense.

At the same time, medical experts, healthcare officials and guvmints are telling us we need to delay/flatten out the peak till past the summer so that hospitals and healthcare resources are not overwhelmed.

That also makes sense.

But.... how to reconcile the two?

https://edition.cnn.com/world/live-news/coronavirus-outbreak-03-13-20-intl-hnk/h_c0fd123ce71a588f62ac98e286aeca90

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supreme leader masterly abe knows best !!! have faith in the all knowing abe sama! ha

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The coronavirus pandemic must have reached its peak and be on the wane by the end of May otherwise the Tokyo Olympics cannot be staged on schedule

It shouldn't be staged on schedule anyway, that's smack at the height of the summer heat. Should be moved back to the second week of October. It's possible the Olympics could be held then, depending on the circumstances with the virus.

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Whether the virus is 'on the wane' would have to be more precisely defined of course, like where and how much. Plus more would have to be known re: reinfection rates. It probably is best to delay until there is a marketable vaccine, even one that it is hit and miss over seasons like a flu. Because this could very well be a virus that lies dormant giving the appearance of a cure and comes back, or a certain percentage of the population only producing very short lived antibodies.

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"They are in extreme precaution, there are water-based gels everywhere. Everybody wears a mask, they work almost normally."

Dear Denis Masseglia,

Whom did you observe when you said that there are held everywhere and that everyone wears masks? What you see in high end meeting rooms us not a sample at all.

We, the ordinary people can't find sanitizers on market shelves. We don't get to buy masks. Ordinary stores don't have them... And they cost a lot on Amazon.

Don't fool the world by spreading wrong word.

The coronavirus pandemic must have reached its peak and be on the wane by the end of May

OMG..Are these folks for real!!!???

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Must reach the peak in May where? Worldwide?

Because if only in Japan, or let's say far East Asia, there might be no need for qualification rounds.

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It won't of peaked globally by May. Listen to the scientists, not the moneymen.

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