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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is facing increasing calls to postpone the next summer Olympic Games scheduled in Tokyo next summer due to the continuing risks of the spread of Corona virus.
According to “Reuters” International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach insists on organizing the big sporting event on time, noting that any decision related to making changes to the program Olympic Games It is not easy and it requires a lot of planning and information.
And Bach said in press statements: “You cannot postpone the Olympic Games, like the postponement of a football match, until next Saturday. This is a complex task and you cannot act responsibly without a strong and clear basis for decision-making.”
He added: “The cancellation will eliminate the Olympic dream of about 11,000 athletes representing 206 Olympic committees.”
The Olympic Committees in Serbia and Croatia joined in the calls to postpone the major sporting event.
“Japan has invested a lot in preparing for the Olympic Games and it is insisting on moving forward in organizing the games, but this contradicts the mind and we cannot support this approach because human lives come first,” said Serbian Olympic Committee Chairman Vania Odovic.
On his part, his Croatian counterpart, Zlatko Matisa, declared: “It is impossible to move forward with plans to organize the games on the specified date, under the current circumstances and conditions.”
Matissa added: “Nobody wants Olympic Games postponed But I think we are close to such a scenario because apparently it has become the only option. Sports activity has stopped in Europe and nobody knows when it will resume again. I think it is impossible to organize games now and I think they should be put off for a few months. It will not be a dramatic delay. “
Sources told “Reuters” earlier today, Sunday, that the organizers of the Tokyo Summer Games 2020 have begun to develop possible alternatives for the organization of the Olympic Games next summer in light of the outbreak Corona Virus And its widespread impact around the world.
Other sources close to the International Olympic Committee said he expected the committee to hold an emergency board meeting next week.
The Olympic Committee has not commented.
The course is scheduled for July 24 to August 9.
Former German world athlete Max Hartung, who guaranteed qualification for the next round, said he decided to boycott the games because he no longer saw an excuse to compete in the tournament and stressed that everyone should play their part in preventing the spread of HIV infection.
“I can’t train right now, but the most important thing is that as an athlete I have thought about how to contribute to containing the crisis and I will be able to play this role by showing the ability to do the right thing instead of training,” Hartung said.
Hartung has won the European Championship four times and is also the President of the Association of Athletes in the German Olympic Committee.