Despite coronavirus, IOC unwavering on Olympics starting in July

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Despite worldwide concern and speculation about whether the fast-spreading virus outbreak will affect the Tokyo Olympics, the IOC’s leadership is not joining in the debate.

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach told reporters “neither the word cancellation nor the word postponement was even mentioned” at a board meeting he chaired in Lausanne, Switzerland.

IOC leaders held a conference call with organizers and public authorities in Tokyo and restated their commitment to hold the Summer Games on the scheduled dates of July 24-Aug. 9.

The coronavirus that emerged in China late last year has infected more than 90,000 people globally and caused over 3,100 deaths.

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