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Coronavirus: What is happening with the Olympics?

This year’s Olympics Games have been thrown into doubt because of the coronavirus pandemic, with athletes and officials calling for a decision about Tokyo 2020 to be made quickly by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Here are some of the most significant developments:

  • Canada became the first major nation to withdraw from the Games
  • Australia’s team says it is “clear” the Games cannot go ahead
  • Poland has also called for the event to be moved because of “increasingly limited training options” for athletes
  • World Athletics president Lord Coe says the Games must be postponedbecause they cannot be held “at all costs” and the move is “owed” to the athletes
  • Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has admitted for the first time that the Games could be postponed

The IOC has given itself four weeks to decide on the future of the event.

Options include a delay of several months or – more probably – a year. The IOC says cancellation is “not on the agenda”. A “scaled-down” Games will also be considered.

The Olympics are scheduled start in Tokyo on 24 July.

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