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IOC prepares alternative scenarios for Tokyo Olympics, member says

Remarks come after fixing of new dates for Tokyo Games and as virus rages on

Morinari Watanabe tells the Nikkei Asian Review that 90% of international federations supported the 12-month delay. (Photo by Shihoko Nakaoka)

TOKYO -- Since no one knows when the coronavirus pandemic will peter out, it is "no wonder" that the IOC is still considering several scenarios for the now-postponed Tokyo Olympics, Morinari Watanabe, a member of the International Olympic Committee, told the Nikkei Asian Review on Friday.

Watanabe, a Japanese businessman who serves as president of the International Gymnastics Federation and the IOC's boxing task force, recounted hourslong phone calls in which IOC President Thomas Bach solicited the opinions of 50 IOC members and 32 federation chiefs.

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