March 9, 2021 | 1:39 AM IST
Tokyo Olympics 2020

Coronavirus outbreak could ruin Tokyo Olympics this July

Amid the Coronavirus outbreak still going strong, there are chances that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in Japan could either be cancelled or rescheduled. If Tokyo 2020 is called off, it would be the first peacetime cancellation of the Olympics in history.

Originally, the Olympics were scheduled to be held from July 24 to August 9, while the Paralympics opens on August 25. The final call on it would be taken latest by May.

Till now, five deaths in Japan have been attributed to the virus and the COVID-19 illness it causes. However, the Japanese government spokesperson Yoshihide Suga said that the International Olympic Committee and local organisers are going ahead as planned despite the threat of the spreading coronavirus.

About 11,000 athletes from different parts of the world are likely to participate in the Olympics while 4,400 will perform in the Paralympics.

The outbreak has already affected a number of sporting events and infected over 80,000 people and claimed lives of over 2,700 around the world. China alone has reported nearly 2,800 deaths and over 78 affected persons on the mainland.

The 2020 Formula One Chinese Grand Prix has been postponed from its original date of April 17 to 19 at the Shanghai International Circuit and the Serie A Week 26 matches will be played behind closed doors this weekend, including the one between Juventus and Inter Milan.

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