The has been sporadic speculation around the possibility that the year’s Olympic Games may suffer the same fate as with all small and major sporting events the world, due to the persistent and rapid spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19).
International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach on Thursday said it would be premature to postpone the Games, but admitted the body was “considering different scenarios” as the pandemic advances. The IOC has come under heavy criticism over their seemingly nonchalant response to the crises as calls to see the Olympics postponed or cancelled, gain traction.
Bach said he remains optimistic about holding the Tokyo Olympics on schedule, adding that there was no question of cancelling the event altogether. The 2020 Olympic Games are scheduled from July 24 to August 9. “Of course, we are considering different scenarios, but we are contrary to many other sports organisations or professional leagues in that we are four-and-a-half months away from the Games,” Bach said.
He added it would be an irresponsible move to postpone the spectacle and premature to start speculation or make a decision at a time when his organisation does not have any recommendation from the IOC’s task force. “What makes this crisis so unique and so difficult to overcome is the uncertainty.
“Nobody today can tell you what the developments are tomorrow, what they are in one month, not to mention in more than four months,” he said. “Therefore, it would not be responsible in any way to set a date or make a decision right now, which would be based on the speculation about future developments.”
Bach stressed that health considerations were first and foremost, adding the decision of the IOC will not be determined by any financial interest. “For us, while not knowing how long this tunnel will be, we would like the Olympic flame to be a light at the end of the tunnel,” he said. “The IOC has no cash-flow problem.”