Tokyo organizers, IOC going ahead as planned with Olympics

The International Olympic Committee has decided the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are going as planned despite the threat of the spreading coronavirus.

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February 26, 2020 - 10:59 AM

International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound, left, speaks to journalists in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 2, 2016. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images/TNS

TOKYO (AP) — A spokesman for the Japanese government today said the International Olympic Committee and local organizers are going ahead as planned with the Tokyo Olympics despite the threat of the spreading coronavirus.

The comments from spokesman Yoshihide Suga follow the assertion by former IOC vice-president Dick Pound that organizers face a three-month window to decide the fate of the games.

The Olympics are set to open on July 24 with 11,000 athletes. 

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