Olympics Face Possible Cancellation
CBJ — If the coronavirus epidemic is not fully under control by the month of May, International Olympic Committee member Richard Pound of Canada says there is a strong possibility that the Tokyo Summer Olympics will have to be cancelled. Pound emphasized that they would be cancelled outright — and not merely postponed until later in the year. The logistics of having to change the dates would cause far too much confusion at such a late stage.
Pound delivered his remarks in an exclusive interview with the Associated Press.
Pound was not being pessimistic, but was simply stating the facts that the Games could be in jeopardy if there is not a cap on the virus by May, two months before the scheduled opening in Tokyo on July 24.
Pound has been an IOC committee member since 1978, making him by far the longest serving executive member.