Against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced it would postpone the Tokyo Olympic Games to 2021. The decision was made after a meeting with the Japanese government. Earlier, many national olympic committees, from Canada to Australia, called for this.
Due to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic, Canada and Australia have refused to participate in the Tokyo Olympics this summer. On Monday, the National Olympic Committee of Canada announced that it would not send athletes to the Games in 2020 due to the risk of contracting viral pneumonia COVID-19.
The Japanese government is in talks with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to ensure that the Tokyo Summer Olympics will be held as planned under any circumstances, despite the threat of a new coronavirus spreading. The news came during a budget hearing on Friday, February 28, 2020 of the Commission of the lower house of Parliament by Seiko Hashimoto, the Minister responsible for the Olympic and Paralympic games and budget allocation.
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The World Health Organization on Coronaviruses:
“Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).
Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.”
It is official, Russia has been banned from participating in all major sporting events for the next four years. The WADA announcement came today in response to noncompliance by Russia. The World Anti-Doping Agency is a foundation initiated by the International Olympic Committee headquartered in Montreal to promote, coordinate and monitor the fight against drugs in sports. It was established in the 1999. It enforces The World Anti-Doping Code, which is the document that harmonizes regulations regarding anti-doping across all sports and all countries of the world. The Code provides a framework for anti-doping policies, rules, and regulations for sport organizations and public authorities.
According to The Telegraph, WADA suspects that Russia has manipulated information over the past 18 months to mask the systematic use of doping by athletes in the past. Russian athletes may be removed from participation in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo due to suspected manipulation of data from the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory. Similar information was released by journalists from The New York Post.