Summer Olympics Executives to ‘Step Up’ Coronavirus Contingency Planning, But Cancellation ‘Not on Agenda’

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The exec board of the International Olympic Committee(IOC)introduced plans to” tip up its scenario preparation “for the upcoming 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo due to the international coronavirus pandemic– yet highlighted that a cancellation of the games is “not on the schedule.”

The new situations will certainly revolve around customizing existing operational plans for the Games (currently set up to start July 24), along with any possible changes to the beginning day. “This action will allow far better presence of the quickly changing development of the health situation all over the world as well as in Japan. It will act as the basis for the best choice for the athletes as well as everyone else included,” the IOC said in a statement. The IOC wants to end up these conversations “within the next four weeks.”

The executive board insisted that “a termination of the Olympics Games Tokyo 2020 would certainly not fix any of the troubles or help anybody. Termination is not on the schedule.”

Regardless of enhancements in host country Japan, the significant surge of coronavirus episodes and also brand-new cases worldwide are troubling, and could override even the strictest safety and security policies put in place, according to the executive board. There are additionally concerns of place availability (including hotel bookings) and the sports schedule for “a minimum of 33 Olympic sporting activities,” which would certainly probably need to be adapted.

The postponement or cancellation of the Olympic Games might have considerable effects on the worldwide economy. NBCUniversal has actually already marketed greater than $1.25 billion in advertising and marketing dedications for this year’s games; if terminated (or with noticeably reduced scores), NBC might be compelled to release advertisers from their dedications or offer make-goods. The Olympics are likewise a significant advertising car for summer season as well as loss series, in addition to the upcoming Peacock service (which is set to provide thousands of hrs of unique web content).

IOC President Thomas Bach released a letter to the global professional athlete area, creating that “human lives take precedence over whatever, including the hosting of the Games. The IOC intends to belong to the option. Therefore, we have actually made it our leading concept to safeguard the wellness of every person entailed, and also to contribute to consisting of the virus. I desire, as well as most of us are working for this, that the hope many athletes, NOCs and IFs from all 5 continents have revealed will certainly be fulfilled: that at the end of this dark passage we are all experiencing with each other, not understanding the length of time it is, the Olympic flame will be a light at the end of this passage.”

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