Rumors spread online with thousands of comments on Twitter under the hashtag in Japanese “Tokyo Olympic Canceled," supposing that the coronavirus outbreak, declared now a global energency, will force a such decision.
At this time is not the truth. Japanese organizers addressed the rumors Friday. “We have never discussed cancelling the games,” they said in a statement. “Preparations for Tokyo 2020 continue as planned," the IOC said too. The IOC has canceled Olympics during wartime, and faced boycotts in 1980 and 1984. It also held the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City just months after the 9-11 attacks in the United States. Chinese athletes could present extra challenges and screening and some qualifying events in China and elsewhere could be canceled or postponed.
The 11,000 athletes expected to compete at the Tokyo Olympics will also face pressure to stay safe. The Olympics open on July 24. Demand for Olympic tickets in Japan is unprecedented, exceeding supply by at least 10 times. The entire world hope is that the virus outbreak will be contained. Japan is proud to held the games and will do all it is possible to have them.