A senior IOC member said in a speech this week that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics could be cancelled because of the impact of the new coronavirus (nCoV-2019),media outlet Slash Gear reported. According to Dick Pound, an IOC member, there are still three months left to determine the fate of the 2020 Tokyo Games. He acknowledged that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics could indeed be significantly affected by the nCoV-2019.
Three months is a window into the fate of the Olympics. So far, the committee has not announced anything contrary to the plans for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which begin on July 24, 2020. Pound’s projections suggest that the IOC can reasonably be expected to judge the planned Olympics on April 24th (or before).
After that, it seems that the Olympic Games cannot be cancelled. “It could take two months, of course, if you need to,” Pound told The Associated Press in an interview this week. A lot of things have to start happening. You must start to improve the safety of food, the Olympic Village, the hotel, the media staff will be there to build their studio and so on. “
The first modern Olympic Games were held in 1896 and were cancelled only five times in total. For example, the 1916 Berlin Olympics were cancelled because of World War I, and the Summer/Winter 1940 winter Olympics and the 1944 Summer/Winter Olympics were cancelled because of World War II.
Past olympic Games have been cancelled as follows:
1916 Summer Olympics (Berlin, Germany)
Summer Olympics 1940 (Tokyo, Japan)
1940 Winter Olympics (Sapporo, Japan)
Summer Olympics 1944 (London, Uk)
1944 Winter Olympics (Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy)
No modern Olympic Games have been cancelled because of the outbreak, whether it is the Summer or Winter Olympics. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics could be the first in modern history to be cancelled due to the nCoV-2019 outbreak.
Train as usual
Pound hopes to share information with athletes preparing for the Olympics, suggesting they don’t panic and train as planned. “All indications are that business is business as usual at this stage,” Pound said. So stay tuned for your sport and make sure the IOC doesn’t plunge you into a pandemic. “
The most important part of the whole situation is the health of all participants in the event series – on the other hand, cash income is not very optimistic. Broadcast networks may be insured, but this is a huge “challenge” for most people involved. “This is not a insurable risk, nor is it a risk attributable to either party,” Pound said. “So everyone can bear the consequences. There will be a lack of income for the Olympic movement. “
In any case, it is clear that the IOC has been “establishing an ’emergency fund'”. That’s not a lot, considering the amount of revenue generated by the Four-Year Cycle of the Olympics. The IOC’s 2018 annual financial report shows that the 2013-2016 Olympic Games generated $5.7 billion in revenue. The bulk of this revenue (73 per cent of revenues) is generated by retransmission rights.
Moreover, the IOC seems to be focusing on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) judgment on the progress of the 2020 Olympic Games. “It’s a big decision, and you can’t make a decision until you have a solid truth,” Pound said. “