THE IOC are considering for the first time moving the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics – and will decide in the next four weeks.
An emergency teleconference board meeting was held on Sunday to start discussions with the organising committee about the prospect of delaying the Tokyo Games this summer.
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According to NHK, Japan’s rights broadcasters, it is understood members plan to reach a decision within a month or so.
There are four options on the table – one is to cancel the Games despite the cost of £10 billion.
One is to move the event to October, which is what happened in 1964 and the temperatures will be much cooler then.
Another idea is to switch it to 2021 but that would clash with events like the IAAF World Athletics Championships and the British and Irish Lions Tour of South Africa.
Or the Games could go ahead in its current shape either with fans or not.
That would be problematic as there has been a chorus of calls from athletes and NOCs to move the Games from its current slot of July 24.
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Several countries like the United States, Brazil, Colombia, Norway, Serbia and Croatia have called for a postponement.
And nations like Australia have imposed significant travel bans on its residents.
England rugby boss Eddie Jones – whose mother is Japanese-American – says Japan will "fight to the end" to stage the Olympics.
He is due to take his side to play the 2019 World Cup hosts in July for a two Test series – just weeks before the Olympics kick off.
Jones said: "The Japanese will fight to the end to pull off the Olympics.
"The Japanese are a very determined, driven society.
"They have lived consistently through difficult periods, post-WW2, post-tsunami, post-Kobe earthquake.
"They are resilient people – once given a task, will do everything they can to achieve the goal.
"This is part of their society. They are loyal, honest people, determined to achieve set tasks.
"As bad as the coronavirus is, they are determined to hold the Tokyo 2020 Olympics."
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