77-year-old, Dick Pound, the longest-serving IOC member told Associated Press’s Stephen Wade Tuesday that The 2020 Tokyo Olympics are more likely to be canceled than moved or rescheduled if by late May the coronavirus outbreak is deemed too dangerous to go ahead with the original schedule. Per Wade, the Canadian former swimming champion explained why May could be the latest the call can be made:
“In and around that time, 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?’ 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.”
With 80,000 total people being infected worldwide and numbers rapidly increasing it’s beginning to look highly unlikely the games will happen if the Coronavirus isn’t brought to a halt. If the Olympic’s are to get canceled this would mark the first peacetime cancellation in history. The 1916 Games were canceled because of World War I, and the 1940 and 1944 events did not go ahead because of World War II.