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Lausanne (Switzerland) (AFP)
A source close to the International Olympic Committee confirmed on Sunday that its German president, Thomas Bach, will hold an evaluation meeting on Tuesday by phone with the international sports federations to inform them of the current situation after the spread of the new Corona virus, five months before the start of the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
The source told AFP that the telephone meeting will be held on Tuesday at 12 noon GMT, and aims to “inform the international federations of the situation as well as the national Olympic committees and athletes.”
He added that the International Olympic Committee will “evaluate the measures taken” to respond to the consequences of the emerging Corona virus crisis “and the federations will have an opportunity to ask questions.”
On the other hand, a spokesman for the International Olympic Committee told France Presse that the International Olympic Committee “holds a regular dialogue with all Olympic partners and informs them regularly of the situation.”
At a time when many international sporting events were postponed or canceled, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promised on Friday that the session will be held on time in Tokyo, despite concern of the emerging corona virus and its impact on sporting events around the world.
Bach said Thursday that the International Olympic Committee will follow the recommendations of the World Health Organization on canceling or postponing the event. However, he acknowledged that there were “serious problems in qualifying competitions” in light of the abolition of many of them in light of the restrictions imposed to limit the spread of the “Covid-19” virus.
It is expected that the issue of the qualifiers for the games will be at the center of the telephone meeting, while the organization of many qualifying competitions is still pending.
Bach had announced earlier this month that the International Olympic Committee would show “flexibility” in qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and encouraged “all athletes to continue their preparations for the tournament.”
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