LAUSANNE, March 16 (Xinhua) - The Internatinal Olympic Committee will hold a conference call with International Federations (IFs) and Global Network of Athletes' Commissions respectively on Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss COVID-19 and its impacts to Tokyo 2020 and its qualification events.
A man wearing a facemask, amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, sits at a bus stop in front of a Tokyo 2020 Olympics advertisement in Bangkok on March 16, 2020. (Photo: AFP)
"Since this situation started to develop some weeks ago, the IOC is constantly updating its stakeholders on the latest developments. The calls are part of this regular information sharing process," the IOC said in a statement to Xinhua.
Many international sporting events have been postponed or cancelled amid coronavirus crisis, though Japanese government and the IOC continuously express their full commitment to delivering safe Olympic Games in July this year, worries have been raised as to whether the Games can go ahead.
With less than five months to go until the scheduled start of the Tokyo 2020 on July 24, the IOC is working with all other stakeholders in order to address the current situation.
"We are focused on assisting IFs and NOCs to address any challenges they may have with Olympic qualification events. Our goal is to help find consistent and credible solutions to replace any missed opportunities for qualification you may have had," the IOC said in an statement.
Thomas Bach, President of the IOC, welcomed flexibility shown by the athletes, the International Federations and the National Olympic Committees facing challenges of the qualification. The IOC is dedicated to ensure athletes have fair access to qualification events and for qualification to take place on the field of play,
Additionally, the IOC Athletes' Commission will host the conference call with the Global Network of Athletes' Commissions on Tuesday and will be focused exclusively on COVID-19 and its impacts.
The IOC also works with Rights-Holding Broadcasters and sponsors in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
The IOC is also in close contact with the World Health Organisation (WHO), the host city of Tokyo, the government of Japan and the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee through our joint task force, which was set up in mid-February. The IOC will continue to follow the advice of WHO.