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Sport Tokyo’s Olympic organisers say games will go ahead despite Covid-19 outbreak

14:15  13 february  2020
14:15  13 february  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Tokyo Olympic organisers have reiterated their message at the start of two days of meetings with the International Olympic Committee, saying the 2020 Games will not be waylaid by the Covid-19 virus that is spreading from neighbouring China.

“I would like to make it clear again that we are not considering a cancellation or postponement of the games. Let me make that clear,” organising committee president Yoshiro Mori said, speaking through an interpreter to dozens of top IOC officials gathered in Tokyo.

The Olympics open in just over five months, and the torch relay begins next month in Japan — a clear signal the games are getting close.

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Tokyo Olympic organisers stressed Thursday they are not considering scrapping the Games due to Japan has not seen any deaths from COVID - 19 but has 28 cases on its soil, with four in serious "We have the rainy season that could defeat the virus," he said . In China on Thursday, hard-hit Hubei

The Summer Olympics in Tokyo are still more than five months away, but as the coronavirus continues to 9. But he was more measured in his remarks the following day, adding that the Games will "be held Tuesday was named " COVID - 19 " by the World Health Organization, occurred in Wuhan, China.

Although there have been no deaths in Japan attributed to the coronavirus, Tokyo and IOC officials are clearly jittery.

Sitting among the officials this time was Dr Richard Budgett, the IOC’s medical and scientific director.

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Last week Toshiro Muto, the chief executive of the Tokyo organising committee, said he was “seriously worried that the spread of the infectious disease could throw cold water on the momentum toward the games”.

He backed down a day later and said he was confident the games would go forward, which is the message this time.

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The Hong Kong and Singapore rounds of the World Rugby Sevens Series were rescheduled from April to October on Thursday, with organisers saying the decision was taken “in response to continued health concerns relating to” the outbreak of the virus.

Also, the SportAccord conference, an event with close ties to the Olympic movement, will not take place in Beijing in April as scheduled, organisers said.

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The virus has also wiped out the indoor world track and field championships in Nanjing, golf tournaments, football matches, and almost all sports in China, including Olympic qualifying events.

It is also keeping Chinese athletes from travelling to qualify, which could put their presence in Tokyo in jeopardy.

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The deadly COVID - 19 coronavirus outbreak is causing chaos across Asia' s sporting calendar. Tokyo Olympics organisers Thursday hit back at speculation the Games could be scrapped, with less than six months to go until the opening ceremony on July 24.

Tokyo Olympic organisers stressed Thursday they are not considering scrapping the Games due to the Japan has not seen any deaths from COVID - 19 but has 28 cases on its soil, with four in serious condition in "We have the rainy season that could defeat the virus," he said . In China on Thursday

Saburo Kawabuchi, a former Olympian and the so-called mayor of the Olympic Village that will house 11,000 athletes and thousands more staff members, suggested Tokyo’s hot and humid summer would stop the virus.

“The biggest concern is the coronavirus and the infection,” he said, speaking in Japanese.

“Currently we don’t have any clue when this issue will be resolved.

  Tokyo’s Olympic organisers say games will go ahead despite Covid-19 outbreak © Getty

“Based on various pieces of information we receive, it seems that this virus is not as strong as the influenza virus.

“The virus is susceptible to humidity and heat.

“In Japan, we have the rainy season which could defeat the virus.”

John Coates, an IOC member who heads the regular inspection visits to Tokyo, said he expected to receive reports on the virus from the Japanese government, the Tokyo city government, and local organisers in order to see the “necessary precautions that are being taken”.

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