๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

IOC member assures athletes that only major heath risk would jeoparize games

Video Credit: Reuters - Sports
Published on February 27, 2020 - Duration: 00:49s
Says one extreme scenario might involve holding games in empty venues
Advertisement

IOC member assures athletes that only major heath risk would jeoparize games

MONTREAL, CANADA.

(FEBRUARY 26, 2020) (REUTERS-ACCESS ALL) 1.

(SOUNDBITE)(English) INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE (IOC) MEMBER DICK POUND SAYING Reuters: "Would you expect the (World Health Organization) WHO to weigh-in at some point?" Dick Pound: "I would think so if it gets to the stage of a pandemic and that has yet to be determined.

Yes.

That's it's role to say 'Look travel would be dangerous in these circumstances and you shouldn't hold the event.

I think you could press on that and say "What do you mean by travel?'

'What do you mean by the event are their mitigating things we can do for example but encourage people to stay home and watch it on their platforms as opposed to showing up and coughing all over other people in the stadium ao there are mitigation factors that might allow you to still do the event but under somewhat different conditions." STORY: - For this year's Tokyo Olympics to be cancelled or postponed over the coronavirus outbreak, the world's health would have to be at stake, International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Dick Pound said on Wednesday (February 26).

Pound said it is not impossible to reschedule an Olympics for a year later but wanted athletes who are training for Tokyo to know the IOC is fully committed to having them at the opening ceremonies on July 24.

"Only if there is the worst possible outcome of this virus and it becomes a real pandemic or world health is at stake then we reluctantly have to say well that's more important frankly than the Olympics," Pound told Reuters at the Montreal law firm where he is a partner.

"But we will do our very best to make sure that you get your Olympic opportunity." Pound said any decision on whether to cancel or postpone the Olympics had a lot of moving parts and would involve the IOC, Tokyo authorities, governments and international agencies who all felt it would not be a safe scenario to hold the event.

Pound said the IOC remains in constant contact with the World Health Organization and would need that organisation to weigh in over whether to hold or cancel the Games and if other options should be considered.

"Our plan is that unless the elephant in the room becomes ginormous, we're going to open the Games on July 24," Pound said.

"That's where were headed at the moment, and unless we are diverted from that by public authorities and health authorities we'll go ahead." Pound suggested one extreme way around a complete cancellation might be staging the games but "encourage people to stay home and watch it on their platforms as opposed to showing up and coughing all over other people in the stadium." But while Pound feels the coronavirus presents more of a problem to the Tokyo Olympics than the mosquito-borne Zika virus was to the 2016 Rio Games, he sees no reason to start making alternative arrangements at this point.

"We know it spreads easily and that's disturbing.

... But we're also at the height of the flu season which traditionally is January and February in the winter and then it tapers off and goes down in the warmer months," he said.

Pound's comments came on the same day Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for a two-week curb on sports events as two more coronavirus deaths in the country heightened concerns the outbreak might scupper the Tokyo Olympics.

A number of international sports events have been hit by the coronavirus, with some competitions being postponed and others cancelled outright.

The flu-like virus is believed to have originated in a market selling wildlife in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year and has infected about 80,000 people and killed more than 2,700, the vast majority in China.

Pound said the IOC remains in constant contact with the World Health Organization and would need that organisation to weigh in over whether to hold or cancel the Games and if other options should be considered.

"Our plan is that unless the elephant in the room becomes ginormous, we're going to open the Games on July 24," Pound said.

"That's where were headed at the moment, and unless we are diverted from that by public authorities and health authorities we'll go ahead." (Production: Peter Bullock)

You are here


๐Ÿ’ก One News Page Knowledge: Other News Mentions







You might like