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22 Mar 2020
9:05 pm

Olympics could be postponed, but not cancelled, says IOC

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Cancellation of the Games in Tokyo is not on the agenda for now.

Tokyo Olympics organisers have released an athletes' rulebook to guide them about coronavirus dos and don'ts at the Games later this year. Picture: AFP

International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach on Sunday said the 2020 Tokyo Olympics would not be cancelled but that a postponement was an option as the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic.

“The IOC executive board emphasised that a cancellation of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 would not solve any of the problems or help anybody,” said Bach.

“Therefore, cancellation is not on the agenda.”

The IOC added that a decision on the potential scenarios for the Tokyo Games — “including the scenario of postponement” — would be made inside four weeks.

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