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IOC senior member: 3 months to decide fate of Tokyo Olympics

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IOC are now saying cancellation is possible, this was something they were not saying just 2 weeks ago with their no plan B statements.

15 ( +16 / -1 )

2020 Olympics should be cancelled for Japan's sake because what if infected visitors (without symptom) came to Japan, it would be more serious epidemic all over Japan, even if Japan became under control. This is not only Japan's matter but also others. More or less coronavirus is now affecting all countries.

6 ( +11 / -5 )

the smart and safe thing to do would be to cancel it. The nation's welfare is more important than the olympics. Lets hope the IOC make the right call, as I have 0 faith in the LDP to make it.

8 ( +13 / -5 )

This is going to be a financial disaster. If the games are canceled, I think Japan has cause to demand to be first in line. Push Paris and LA back 4 years respectively.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

This is classic Japan. Wait and see until it's too late, because you don't want to take a position for fear you may make the wrong choice. All the collective head scratching while sucking air through the teeth can be heard loud and clear on this.

12 ( +18 / -6 )

Health should come first, not Olympic business. However, we wish everything goes smoothly for the benefit of the world.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

Even if IOC admitted Tokyo Olympics on schedule, Half of all athletes, referees, official staffs,,, would not come to Tokyo. I wonder what's Olympics for?

0 ( +2 / -2 )

This is going to be a huge blow for Tokyo and Japan, but it's best to just cancel it. I'm sure there are many athletes unable to focus on training right now. Also, the world's attention and fears are fixated on the virus.

When you have a virus that's causing mass hysteria, it doesn't bode well to have an event that is supposed to draw massive crowds. Its just reckless at this point.

2 ( +6 / -4 )

At what point do individuals boycott work like the world will the Olympics?

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

I hope the anti-Japan users in this site are not hoping for the Olympic games being erased. I say this because if you are hoping for that, you are also hoping indirectly for this virus becoming a long pandemia worldwide. Many people are suffering. It looks like a nightmare to me. Be rational.

-7 ( +7 / -14 )

@JJJetplane: are we supposed to think the world will be still in this state in 3-4 months? Because in that case global economy will collapse, not only the Olympic games.

-1 ( +6 / -7 )

This is ridiculous!

As for the possibility of postponement, he said: "You just don't postpone something on the size and scale of the Olympics. There's so many moving parts, so many countries and different seasons, and competitive seasons, and television seasons. You can't just say, 'We'll do it in October.'"

Tell that to the athletes who’ve spent their WHILE LIVES training for this ONE chance! Some people don’t get a second chance! Sorry for the IOC, but use that 1 billion saves up and and just postpone it! Never mind the “TV broadcasting schedule”. That’s an incredibly selfish consideration when you think of all the competitors getting their dreams crushed by a panel of professionals and experts-olympians who’ve already had their chance.

On top of that, who’s going to cover the cost of all that construction and materials? What a waste, I’m so disappointed.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

If the Olympic games will be done, this means the world will be able to contein the crisis. If they can't be made, it means we are still struggling with the virus. I live in one of the Italian regions influenced. Schools are closed this week. It's surreal, I feel like in a movie. I can't believe this is real. I wish the best to all people around the world affected by this situation. We can win. I hope like that.

1 ( +6 / -5 )

"IOC senior member: 3 months to decide fate of Tokyo Olympics".

Agreed. Japan must be mobilized for the challenge, now.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Pound was the first? president of WADA, the world anti doping agency and was critical of Tour de France doping before Armstrong left in disgrace after years of denial. Also the investigation into Russia doping. This is not someone to take lightly. This is someone who makes world decisions and doesn't need a room full of suits to do it. I'd imagine wikipedia would make for interesting reading

1 ( +2 / -1 )

@that person: you are right, but money are more important apparently. Wasn't October better also for the weather? I can't understand IOC logic. At this point I wonder how any Country can have the courage to candidate for the Olympic games again. They are not showing any flexibility if TV broadcasting schedule is all they care.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

From the article:

"If it gets to be something like the Spanish flu," Pound said, referring to the deadly pandemic early in the 20th century that killed millions, "at that level of lethality, then everybody's got to take their medicine."

Well, mate there is no medicine available. Unless you lovely folks at the IOC know differently.

Jokes aside, say you decide to cancel. Who's going to refund people's hotel/travel expenses?

Perhaps that is why no airlines are pulling of Japan yet? Why the discrimination against China/Korea/Iran?

Also noticed that news agencies have been downplaying Japan compared to Korea/China/Iran as much as possible. Now we know why.

Let me tell you this: Covid-19 doesn't discriminate. And it certainly doesn't care about politics.

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

@Tora: I think most of visitors will be exactly from China and (maybe? Not sure because of politics) Korea. It's not like most of them will be from the West anyway. So it doesn't make any sense the idea that news agency are downplaying Japan situation only, when the Countries that are the most probable ones to bring visitors are influenced by the virus as well.

-6 ( +1 / -7 )

Arent China and Korea also the main sources of tourists for Japan? So, which would be the point to make Japan look safe compared to China and Korea when China and Korea are the main "clients" of Japan, but currently they are also Countries affected by the virus, whose people can't travel freely?

-5 ( +1 / -6 )

I hope they can play the games. What a loss for Japan. They should get it in 4 years if its canceled. Very bad to have them spend all that money and then have the committee say, so sorry.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

This is getting ridiculous, such bad luck for Japan... but compounded by massive incompetence so I can't be completely sympathetic

0 ( +3 / -3 )

I would hate to be in the shoes of the organizers, risking people's life for a game. BUT, at the same time, I think it's innate in all of us to adapt, what ever it takes to achieve a goal, and on this basis, I wonder if the organizers can adapt to keep the games on schedule.

How hard is it for each country to certify athletes and officials virus free?

Take a hit on ticket sales and organize spectators into smaller groups with spacing between them to limit interaction etc...?

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Tokyo 2021. It CAN be done. There are no major world sports events next year that conflict with the time. I know its unprecedented to hold Olympics in odd years - but this is an unprecedented world emergency that is becoming worse by the day.

Leaving the decision until May-June is impossible. Much, much too late. A decision must be made within a week or two.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

Imho, they could postpone the event to October. At least, I hope that period everything will be okay. How long can last this virus crisis? Apparently the so called experts know nothing.

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

Postpone it and that also allows it to be changed to fall season instead of middle of summer.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

Mr. Pound is not speaking officially, he is speaking hypothetically. Read his words carefully. He is threading a fine line.

Though will get about 50 down votes, as many folks on JT are eager to gobble and eat up any remotely anti police, anti Olympics, etc.

-5 ( +0 / -5 )

No postpone, cancellation must be done. More infected visitors without symptom would come to Japan because they already spent some money for Olympics, even if Japan became under control. This is not Japan's matter any more but also others.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

An ounce of prevention is worth a "Pound" of cure

1 ( +1 / -0 )

This is classic Japan. Wait and see until it's too late, because you don't want to take a position for fear you may make the wrong choice. All the collective head scratching while sucking air through the teeth can be heard loud and clear on this.

Post of the day award for this mate...indeed.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Just move it to next year. What's the big deal?

1 ( +1 / -0 )

This is classic Japan. Wait and see until it's too late, because you don't want to take a position for fear you may make the wrong choice. All the collective head scratching while sucking air through the teeth can be heard loud and clear on this.

> Post of the day award for this one mate...indeed.

I'll second marcelito (as usual)

post of the day

4 ( +4 / -0 )

I won't be here. After living in Japan for 12 years, the irresponsible way the government is "handling" this shows they do not care about their citizens, let alone those who chose to live here. I will take my tax yens somewhere else.

Not testing people, leads to reporting less cases making it look like the situation is in hand. Japan never had it in hand.

Goodbye Japan. Good luck.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

Coming in to my office in Tokyo today it is surreal how the dream is crumbling. The trains are much less packed, people seem suspicious of others especially those with any sneezing or coughing, the long-awaited dream of the Olympics seems to be fading. Surreal.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Throw in the towel...it's over. No vaccine in sight to save the day! And Japan...in so many words - enough said.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Interesting day today. I bet my doctor the Tokyo Olympics will be canceled, he said the virus will be gone by then. I think I'm right but I'm not a doctor.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Postpone the Olympics till later this year or next year. Whichever time we see this virus die down.

But to cancel the games outright and move on? Will the IOC refund the Japanese taxpayers who's money has been put into building the facilities for this event?

0 ( +1 / -1 )

@KariHaruka

Postpone the Olympics till later this year or next year.

Cannot be postponed due to the US NFL schedule that starts in September.

The Tokyo Olympics must end by the end of August.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Postpone the games and if US TV would rather show other sports when they are on, let them. The rest of the world will watch the games. If the IOC takes a hit from tv revenue, that's still better than Japan building lots of stadia for nothing.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Of course this is assuming that the virus will still be at extinction level (well that's the impression I get from the media) and not eased off or gone by the summer.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Cannot be postponed due to the US NFL schedule that starts in September.

The Tokyo Olympics must end by the end of August.

Who cares about about American bloody football? One country doesn't dictate the date of the Olympics to suit a domestic sporting event

6 ( +6 / -0 )

You pick up the virus on the cruise ship then become an agent when you disembark.

Pick up the virus at the Tokyo Olympics then become an agent when you carry it back to your country.

The above must be avoided. Think about the countries that are ill-equipped to fight this pandemic.

Be considerate of others.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Thunderbird2

Who cares about about American bloody football?

When US broadcast rights account for 75% of IOC's broadcast rights revenues.

This is why both the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics must end by the end of August.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

organize spectators into smaller groups with spacing between them to limit interaction etc...?

And how would that work on buses, trains and planes?  You do know that there are over 30 million people in Tokyo?  How do you propose to space  them out?

1 ( +1 / -0 )

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