Photo: ReutersThe United States has added its significant weight to calls for the Tokyo Games to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, with New Zealand Olympic organisers seeking a swift decision to allow teams to reset and prepare for a delayed event. The IOC and Japanese government have announced a month-long consultation before a final decision is made. Efforts to contain it have led to major travel, commercial and social restrictions, which have also disrupted many athletes’ preparations for the Games. A poll showed about 70% of the Japanese think it is appropriate to delay the Olympics, the Sankei said. Major Cold War boycotts also disrupted the Moscow and Los Angeles Games in 1980 and 1984.
Source: Otago Daily Times March 24, 2020 07:52 UTC