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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

IOC member: only 'a real pandemic' would cancel Tokyo Olympics

Dick Pound also says it is possible to reschedule for summer of 2021

A man at the Japan Olympics museum in Tokyo on Feb. 26. The IOC member who has mentioned the possibility of cancellation now wants athletes to know the committee is fully committed to having them in Tokyo for the opening ceremonies on July 24.   © Reuters

MONTREAL (Reuters) -- For this year's Tokyo Olympics to be canceled or postponed over the coronavirus outbreak, the world's health would have to be at stake, International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound said on Wednesday.

Pound said it is not impossible to reschedule an Olympics for a year later but wanted athletes who are training for Tokyo to know the IOC is fully committed to having them at the opening ceremonies on July 24.

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