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Beijing 2022 Games ´urgent forward´ after IOC warns of coronavirus menace

BEIJING: Beijing 2022 organisers had been “pressing ahead” with preparations for the Winter Olympics Friday after a senior IOC official warned the coronavirus might pressure the Games to be postponed.

Dick Pound, a former International Olympic Committee vice-president, advised AFP that every one choices must be thought-about if the Beijing Games can’t be held in 2022.

Beijing is because of host the Winter Olympics simply six months after the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games, which have been put again a 12 months to July-August 2021 due to the coronavirus.

However, with the pandemic displaying no indicators of receding, Japanese and IOC officers have each raised fears that the Tokyo Olympics could must be cancelled altogether.

“To get to that point, where you decide you can´t do it (Beijing) in 2022, you explore whatever options you can do,” Pound stated in an interview.

“If we´re in Tokyo, things all may be ready for Beijing. On the other hand, they may not be,” he added.

In an announcement to AFP, Beijing 2022 stated the IOC is ploughing on with each Games as deliberate, regardless of the coronavirus nonetheless claiming lives in a lot of the world.

“As far as we know, the position of the IOC is very clear and remains unchanged,” Beijing organisers stated.

“They are fully concentrated and committed to the successful delivery” of each the Tokyo and Beijing Games, they added.

China, the place the coronavirus emerged late final 12 months earlier than spreading worldwide, has largely introduced the contagion beneath management regardless of periodic localised new clusters.

However, Chinese authorities have dominated out internet hosting most worldwide sports activities occasions this 12 months — except for 2022 trials — as a part of measures to forestall a resurgence.

“At present, Beijing 2022 is implementing strict prevention and control measures against COVID-19, while pressing ahead with the Games preparations in an orderly manner,” organisers added.

“All competitors venues are anticipated to complete building as scheduled by the tip of this 12 months.

“It is our firm belief that we will remain committed to safeguarding the health and safety of the athletes, every participant involved in the Olympic Games and the international community.”

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