IOC says 2021 Tokyo Olympics could be cancelled if pandemic continues

(FILE) - A giant Olympic rings monument is illuminated at dusk at Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo, Japan. EPA-EFE/FRANCK ROBICHON

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The International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said on 20 May that the postponed Tokyo 2020 Games shall be cancelled if they cannot be held in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Local organisers have said they have no back-up plan after the event was postponed by a year because of the coronavirus crisis.

“You cannot forever employ 3,000 to 5,000 people in an organising committee,” Bach told BBC Sport. “You cannot have the athletes being in uncertainty.”



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