The coronavirus pandemic has led to every sporting calendars with Premier Leagues, Serie A, La Liga and Bundesliga football leagues all pushing their dates a little further. In America, prestigious leagues like that of the NBA, MLS, NFL and other sporting leagues have been suspended while in cricket, all international action has been suspended with IPL 2020 in serious doubt.
In midst of all this, even Tokyo 2020 Olympics qualifying events and other sports-related to Olympic qualifications have also been suspended or postponed in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.
When cancellations were being talked of Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was bullish, he thought that the games will go ahead as per plan.
Prime Minister Abe has conceded that postponing the Olympics in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic is becoming an ‘inevitability’. Speaking to the Japanese Parliament, Abe admitted that a postponement is an option but cancellation is not.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) chief Thomas Bach had a similar opinion like PM Abe where he stated, suspending Olympics will not help anybody.
While in an open letter to the Athletes, Bach said, “The IOC will hold detailed discussions on the worldwide health situation and its impact on the Olympic Games, including the scenario of postponement. A decision should come within the next four weeks,” Bach wrote.