Coronavirus Threatens to Cancel Olympic Games in Tokyo

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Over 80,000 people across the world have already been infected with coronavirus, with 2,700 dead – including four in Japan itself.

The Olympics have only once in their 124-year history been cancelled – but that too was in Japan, with the 1940 edition called off due to World War II.

And now bosses are considering calling off the 2020 Games in Tokyo due to coronavirus, The Sun reports.

Dick Pound, a senior member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) revealed: “I’d say folks are going to have to ask: ‘Is this under sufficient control that we can be confident about going to Tokyo or not?’

“[As we get closer to the Games] a lot of things have to start happening.

“You’ve got to start ramping up your security, your food, the Olympic Village, the hotels. The media folks will be in there building their studios.”

Within two or three months of the Olympics being set to start, should the coronavirus still be prevalent, Pound revealed postponement is not a likely scenario.

Instead, it’s most likely they would be CANCELLED altogether, with the IOC relying on consultations with the World Health Organisation (WHO).