The Olympics organizing committee will be observing the situation within the next three months

By Nicole Ganglani | Photo from Inquirer Sports

The coronavirus outbreak continues to be a threat around the world and could possibly affect the 2020 Tokyo Olympics happening on  Jul. 24-Aug 9. According to a senior member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the 2020 Olympics is more likely to be cancelled instead of being postponed to a later date. 

Canadian swimming champion and IOC member Dick Pound mentioned that the Olympics organizing committee will observe the situation within the next three months. The decision regarding the Tokyo Olympics will be announced in the last few weeks of May. 

As of today, the virus has infected more than 80,000 people globally and has killed 2,700 people. Most of the coronavirus victims that have been reported are from China—with 78,064 people infected and 2,715 dead. Meanwhile in Japan, the virus has killed five people.

Moreover, Pound still encourages athletes to pursue their training despite the uncertain fate of the tournament. The Olympics is expecting 11,000 athletes on Jul. 24 and 4,400 athletes for the Paralympics to be held on Aug 25. 

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