According to reports Europsport, the oldest member of the IOC, Dick Pound He assured that at this time the postponement or cancellation of the JJ. OO. it's not in the plans.
Pound summoned journalists to keep calm and not create alarm, ensuring that the coronavirus situation is being monitored and there is a margin of up to three months to make a drastic decision that may affect the Games.
Stay calm, but don't rule out a drastic decision
In an interview with The Associated Press, Pound spoke frankly about the coronavirus situation and its possible influence on the Olympics, calling for calm in the present moment, although without ruling out a drastic decision,
If it were to take place in no case would it be taken immediatelybut in a period of between two and three months if the advance of the epidemic continues to expand without brake.
«As far as we know, we will be in Tokyo. All the indicators at the moment say there is nothing new on the front, so stay focused on your sports and be sure that the IOC is not going to send you into a pandemic situation »He told journalist Stephen Wade in the interview that took place in the Japanese capital.
2-3 months to analyze the situation
In the event that the advance of the coronavirus continues to be out of control and the worst omens of the WHO are fulfilled, which would imply the establishment of a pandemic worldwide, Dick Pound establishes a margin of between two and three months to analyze the situation: "We could go two months if we had to."
Questioned about a possible postponement or cancellation of the Olympic event due to the coronavirus, he hinted that the disease would have to continue to expand at a very high rate and sustained over time to make it an option to put on the table: “Many things have to start happening.
"It is a big, big, big decision and you can't make it until you have reliable data to build on."
Pound made these statements highlighting how exceptional a cancellation of the Olympic event would be: “It is a great, great, great decision and cannot be made until you have reliable data to rely on.".
Pound also noted that the advice the IOC is receiving by health authorities «they do not require the cancellation or postponement of the Games.
It is not simply postponed something of the size and size of the Games. There are many actors involved, many countries and seasons, competitive and television. You can't just say they will be done in October.e », he reflected.
It is ruled out to transfer the games to a new city
Dick Pound also ruled out the option to transfer the JJs. OO. to a new city - «changing places is difficult because there are few places in the world that can consider preparing facilities in such a short time to present something» -