IOC President:Tokyo Olympics Could Be Canceled

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International Olympic Committee President President Thomas Bach says that the 2020 Olympics games would have to be cancelled if the rescheduled games in 2021 cannot take place next year.

 In an interview with BBC's Dan Roan, Bach went into detail as to why it would be difficult to reschedule the games once again if the coronavirus pandemic prevents next year's Olympic event."You cannot forever employ 3,000 to 5,000 people in an organizing committee. You cannot have the athletes being in uncertainty," Bach said.  

"You cannot have so much overlapping with a future Olympic Games, so I have some understanding for this approach by our Japanese partners." 

The hope is that the games would take place from July 23, to August 8 2021. 

Shinzo Abe, Japan's Prime Minister, agreed with Bach's idea saying that it may be 'difficult' to hold the event if the virus is not contained. "We have established one principle: to organize these Games in a safe environment for all the participants. Nobody knows what the world will look like in one year, in two months," Bach said.

 Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, The director general of the World Health Organization, says it is possible but "not easy" for 11,000 athletes from more than 200 teams to come together in Tokyo.

As the sports world continues to be impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, it appears pro leagues are preparing their organizations to return back to normal. 

The Bundesliga made its return last weekend without fans in attendance. The NBA has opened doors for teams to practice at their facilities with a mandated degree of social distancing.

 Only time will tell if the Olympics in 2021 takes place. As of Thursday, the 2022 Winter Olympics remains on schedule and are still set to take place in Beijing.

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