Following the recent news that sporting events are being cancelled in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak;
Conrad Wiacek, Head of Analysis & Consulting at Sportcal, a GlobalData company, offers his view on the postponement of the Olympic Games:
“With the news that Canada and Australia will not be sending any athletes to Tokyo for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, it is now almost inevitable that the Olympic Games will be postponed. While the organising committee and the IOC may be eager to go ahead, external pressures such as this may take the decision out of their hands.
“With previous withdrawals having come at the height of political tensions, with the USA and USSR withdrawing from the 1980 and 1984 Olympic Games, respectively, the decisions taken by the Canadian and Australian delegations is unprecedented and may force the IOC and Tokyo Local Organising Committee to postpone.
“Up to this point both the IOC and Japanese government have insisted the Games will go ahead as scheduled – with a view to preserving over $10bn worth of global media and sponsorship agreements – but at this stage, it may be inevitable that the Summer Games will be postponed for the first time in peacetime, due to the unprecedented nature of the global pandemic crisis.”
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